It’s no secret the Baltimore Orioles are resurgent and having a fine season so far in 2023. At 35-21 the Orioles are only four games behind the Tampa Bay Rays who began the season in such a historic fashion that they threatened to shatter every record for wins and run-differential to start the season after 20, 30, and 40 games. So, the Orioles for now, appear for real. They are 17-9 on the road and have gone 5-5 in their last ten games.
They are lead by first baseman Ryan Mountcastle who has 11 homers and 38 ribeyes coming into the three-game series tonight at Willie Mays Field. Center fielder Cedric Mullins has 38 RBIs. Third baseman Austin Hayes is batting .311. In short, the orioles have a lot of young hitting talent.
What about their pitching? Of their four principle starters, Tyler Wells, Grayson Rodriguez, Dear Kreme and Kyle Gibson, three have ERAs under four runs per nine with only Rodriguez struggling with a number over 7. This is an athletic team and a team that has power and speed. It’s also a team that has been built through the draft and development.
It should be an interesting series.
Where the Giants Stand
The Giants are coming off a disappointing series against the Pirates at home. They need to win this weekend series against the Orioles to keep their moment and good vibes. It’s that simple. See how scientific I was!?
The Pitching Matchups
Tonight it is Kremer vs Webb at 7:15 PM. Tomorrow’s game features Bradish vs Desclafani at 7:05 PM and for Sunday’s finale at 1:05 PM the Orioles have Wells listed as their starter with the Giants going with TBD, a reliable starting pitcher if there ever was one. It means the San Franciscans will likely use the bullpen again (SMH).
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Junior Giants Glove Drive
Support the Junior Giants Glove Drive on Saturday!
Your first glove. #NothingLikeItSFG
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If you donate $25 to the drive the Giants will give you a commemorative pin. All proceeds go towards the purchase of a new glove for Little Leaguers who need one. It’s a wonderful cause. I cannot stress enough the joy and the lessons derived from playing Little League Baseball as a little kid. I’m one example of the millions who have benefitted from the experience.