The Orioles head down to Arlington going 5-0-1 in their last six series. If they want to extend it to seven straight series they are going to have to defeat the offensive juggernaut that is the Texas Rangers. The Rangers are leading the AL West and have won two straight. However, they have gone just 5-5 in their last 10 games.
Mon. Aug 20 8:05 pm BAL Gonzalez (5-2) vs TEX Dempster (6-6)
Tues. Aug 21 8:05 pm BAL Tillman (5-2) vs TEX Feldman (6-8)
Wed. Aug 22 8:05 pm BAL Hunter (4-7) vs TEX Holland (7-6)
You Can’t Stop Them, You Can only Hope to Contain Them
The Texas Rangers are 1st in runs (607), batting average (.276) and on base percentage (.340). To think the Orioles pitching staff is going to be able to shut them down is asinine. In the first series the Rangers scored 14, 10, 5, 7. If this Orioles team plans to leave Texas with a series win they need to keep it close. In the first series they let games get away from them early. If they can keep the game within striking distance this Orioles team has shown an unique ability to rise to the occasion.
Also, not letting Hamilton hit 4 HRs in a game would be nice too…
Missing the Best
Looks like the Orioles have a bit of luck on their side. The Orioles in this series will manage to avoid Yu Darvish (12-9, 4.51) and Matt Harrison (14-7, 3.19 ERA).
In the only other previous match-up the Rangers took 3 out of 4. In two of those games the Rangers put up double digit runs and won by more than seven runs in each of those outings.