Baltimore Orioles vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers meet on Friday at Camden Yards as they open their interleague series on Friday. The Orioles are -120 favorites over the Dodgers with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Baltimore Orioles ended their series with the Rays on Thursday in dramatic fashion and they can only hope they can use it as positive momentum going into the weekend. The Orioles are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 3-3 at home, and they are three games back in the AL East. As a team the Orioles are hitting .254 with Adam Jones hitting .375, Chris Davis hitting .353, and Nick Markakis is hitting .317. Baltimore opponents are hitting .244 and the Orioles pitching staff has an ERA of 4.06.
For Friday’s game Baltimore starts Jason Hammel who hasn’t won at home yet this season. For the year Hammel has allowed 15 hits and nine earned runs while striking out nine over 18, 2innings for a 4.34 ERA and a 2-1 record.
The Los Angeles Dodgers had Thursday off but thus far this season they haven’t come close to achieving the lofty expectations placed on them. The Dodgers have lost their last four games, are 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are four games back in the National League West. As a team the Dodgers are hitting .261 with Adrian Gonzalez hitting .407, Carl Crawford hitting .375, and A.J. Ellis hitting .311. The Dodgers opponents are hitting .242 and the Los Angeles pitching staff has an ERA of 3.26. For Friday’s game the Dodgers start Hyun-Jin Ryu who has won his last two starts. Thus far Ryu has allowed 19 hits and six earned runs while striking out 20 over 18.2innings of work for a 2-1 record and a 2.89 ERA.
Baltimore is 7-1 in their last eight interleague home games, 6-2 in their last eight games as a home favorite, an 4-1 in Hamel’s last five starts against a team with a losing record. Los Angeles is 2-5 in their last seven games following an of day, 15-51 in their last 66 interleague games as an underdog, and 1-7 in their last eight games against the AL East. The Dodgers have won the last five meetings of these two.
I like Ryu and I know he has the stuff to pull off a win here but the Dodgers just don’t seem motivated and I just can’t take them until they show me the ability to win.
Baltimore Orioles -120 Los Angeles Dodgers