Thursday, April 7, 2011
Detroit Tigers (2-3) vs. Baltimore Orioles (4-1)
MLB Moneyline: Orioles -145 / Tigers +135 / O/U 9.5 runs
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The Orioles lost their first game of the season last night to the Tigers and many jumped on the Baltimore bandwagon after their 4-0 start, but should they? While their pitching has been stellar their offense only ranks 19th in the Majors in runs scored and 24th in team batting average. Conversely the Tigers have had pitching issues and they lead the league in wild pitches (6), but they got a solid outing last night in their win in the 2nd game in this 3-game series.
Baltimore is in first place in the AL East and after this game they host Tampa Bay and then in their next series face the Yankees in New York. The season is very young and even after a hot start we may see if the Orioles are a legit contender after those 2 series’.
Last night the Tigers beat the Orioles 7-3.
The Tigers have the league’s 28th ranked team ERA and tonight off-season acquisition Brad Penny (0-1 16.62 ERA) will take the mound. He was rocked in his first outing of the season giving up 7 hits and 8 earned runs in only 4 innings of work. Chris Tillman (0-0 0.00 ERA) is making the start for Baltimore and in his first start he pitched great giving up 0 hits and 0 runs in 6 innings and got a no-decision in a 3-1 Orioles win.
Last season Tillman went 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 2 starts against the Tigers holding them to a .091 batting average.
Penny is 1-0 with an ERA of 7.71 ERA in 2 career starts against Baltimore.
With the offensive problems the Orioles are having they may have to rely on their pitching, which ranks 1st in the Majors in team ERA and 1st in opponents’ batting average.
Baltimore’s big additions to their offense have not panned out with Vladimir Guerrero (.200) and David Lee (.222) struggling, even though Lee went deep for the first time in the loss last night. Lee has had success against Penny is his career going 6/16 off him with 3 doubles.
Detroit’s pitching has not only struggled, but their leadoff and 2nd slot hitters in Austin Jackson (.150) and Will Rhymes (.143) have cold bats and they need to get on base since slugger Miguel Cabrera (.368 3 HR 6 RBI) has began the season on fire.
This season the Tigers have an O/U record of 4-1 and the Orioles are at 1-4.
The Tigers are only 2-7 in their last 11 games as an underdog and the Orioles are 7-1 in their last 8 games as a favorite.
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