O's vs White Sox Preview
The Orioles and White Sox are coming into this series needing a string of wins to get over the .500 hump. The Orioles are currently 9-10 while the White Sox are 8-9, both riding a 2-game win streak.
The O's are coming off a series win over division foe, Boston Red Sox. Friday Night, the Red Sox defeated the O's 7-5 thanks to an 8th inning three-run homer by Brock Holt off a Darren O'Day fastball that sat right over the plate.
The O's would come back Saturday night with some late game magic of their own, David Lough hitting a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to give the O's a 5-4 victory, also ending their 5-game losing streak.
Unfortunately, Saturday's victory was overshadowed by chaos on the outside of the stadium .
Sunday, the O's just blew the doors off the Red Sox, driving in 18 runs off 20 hits, most points they've scored since 2000. Everyone in the lineup for the Orioles contributed in some type of way, whether it was a hit, walk, or run. The Red Sox would score 7 runs, all coming in the last 3 innings. Bud Norris also notched his first victory with his performance, pitching for 6 2/3 innings and allowing 3 earned runs.
The White Sox are coming off a series win against their division foe, the Kansas City Royals. Thursday night both teams got into a scuffle, which led to 7 players being suspended, Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija both receiving 5 game suspensions and will likely miss this series against the Orioles pending their appeals.
White Sox took 2 out 3 against the Royals, all three games being decided by less than 2 runs. In a 3-2 victory from a suspended game on Friday that was resumed on Sunday, Avisail Garcia drove in the winning run with his RBI single in the 9th inning. Sunday's official game ended with a 5-3 result for the White Sox, all 5 of their runs coming in the 6th inning.
Ubaldo Jimenez will start for the Orioles while Hector Noesi will start for the White Sox in the opening game of the series.
Noesi is 0-2 in 2 starts this season. He has allowed 6 earned runs in 10 innings of work. Some Orioles has had success against Noesi, most notably Adam Jones and Alejandro De Aza. Both De Aza and Jones have a +.600 batting average against Noesi, combing for 18 at-bats, 6 RBIs, and 11 hits. He also has a 1-4 record against the O's in 9 games (4 starts), allowing 17 earned runs. His last start came against the Indians on April 21st, which resulted in a loss after he allowed 4 hits and 4 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Jimenz is looking for his 2nd victory of the season. So far this season, he has an ERA of 2.30 and has only allowed 4 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings. Jimenez isn't no stranger to the Sox, playing 3 seasons with the Indians in the AL Central but he hasn't had great success. 2-3 in 10 starts against the White Sox with 33 earned runs in 59 1/3 innings.
In order for the O's to extend their two-game win streak, they must strap down on their pitching. The Orioles have the highest ERA in the league right now, 5.04, which is not championship caliber baseball. Last year the O's went 5-1 against the Sox, outscoring the Sox 27-16.