Detroit tigers vs. baltimore orioles, 4-28-2018 – pick and prediction gas stoichiometry lab

The Detroit Tigers are in second place in the American League Central, but with a 10-13 record. The Indians will win that division by default as the other four teams are bad. The Tigers had been playing solid ball, but they will enter this series on Friday having lost three of their last four games, including the last two in the Pittsburgh series. They took game one of that series, which gas game-one of a doubleheader, by a score of 13-10, but then fell 8-3 in game-two and followed that up with a 1-0 loss on Thursday afternoon. Their offense just didn’t show and it wasted a good effort from Michael Fulmer, who allowed no ERs and just four hits and a walk while striking out nine in 6.0 innings of work. The game stayed tied 0-0 until Corey Dickerson hit the game-winner in the bottom of the 9th. That longball came off of Alex Wilson, who is now 0-3 with a 6.59 ERA on the year. The Tigers out-hit the Pirates 8-6 but just couldn’t get one of those hits to cross home plate.

Getting the nod for the Tigers in this one will be Francisco Liriano and he has gone 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in four starts on the year, including 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in one start on the road. In his career, he has gone 51-58 with a 4.49 ERA in 163 games (138 starts) on the road and 12-22 with a 4.82 ERA in 53 games (45 starts) during March/ April, while against the Orioles he has gone 3-5 with a 4.10 ERA in 11 starts, including 1-1 with a 5.28 ERA in three starts here at Camden Yards.

The Tigers have been a solid offensive team so far as they come in ranked 12th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.78 rpg, while also ranking 8th in hitting at .257 and 25th in homers with 20. On the mound, they have been below average so far as they enter this contest ranked 18th in the league in ERA at 4.17, while also ranking 19th in WHIP at 1.37 and 28th in K’s with 174. The bullpen ranks 21st in the league with a 4.50 ERA.

The Baltimore Orioles have officially been eliminated from playoff contention. LOL Okay, maybe not officially, but this team will not be apart of the playoff conversation this year. They have very little off and their pitching is as bad as it was a year ago. They will enter Friday night’s game off a two-game home set with the Rays and they lost both games and their last five overall. On Thursday, they fell to the Rays by a score of 9-5 and it was Dylan Bundy, who really got rocked in the outing as he allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits and a walk in just 4.2 innings of work. He was 1-2 with a 1.82 ERA through his first four starts, so he was pitching well, but his offense scored a total of seven runs for him in those games. In this one, it was his fault and not that of the offense as they scored five runs for him. Bundy is now 1-3 with a 2.97 ERA on the year. Adam Jones (4th of the year) and Danny Valencia (3rd) both went deep in the game for the Orioles.

The Orioles will trot out Andrew Cashner in this one and he has gone 1-3 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP in five starts on the year, including 0-2 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in three starts here at home. In his career, he has gone 27-32 with a 2.89 ERA in 114 games (69 starts) in his home games and 7-16 with a 3.06 ERA in 44 games (27 starts) during March/ April, while against the Tigers he has gone 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in two starts. Cashner is 0-3 with a 3.38 ERA in five career starts here at Camden Yards.

Baltimore has been poor on offense so far this year as they come in ranked 28th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.28 rpg, while also ranking 28th in hitting at .222 and 13th in homers with 26. On the mound, they have been poor as they enter this game ranked 26th in the league in ERA at 5.04, while also ranking 29th in WHIP at 1.51 and 19th in K’s with 204. The pen for the Orioles comes in at 20th in the league with a 4.36 ERA.