Series Preview: Orioles at Mariners

Following the sweep in Oakland, the O’s go to Seattle for their next and last West Coast series for now. The last time these teams faced each other, the O’s swept the Mariners in Baltimore in 2 extra innings games and 1 ‘normal’ game. Hopefully the O’s can get a series win to start working their way up back to .500 and catch up to the Red Sox.

Baltimore Orioles:
2011 Regular Season Record: 24-27, 5th in AL East (5 GB)
Runs Scored: 209 Runs Allowed: 232

Seattle Mariners:
2011 Regular Season Record: 26-26, 3rd in AL West (1.5 GB)
Runs Scored: 186 Runs Allowed: 178

Matusz is schedule to make his debut start this season Wednesday against the Mariners after being on the DL since the beginning of the season

Pitching Match-Ups:

Monday May 30 (Happy Memorial Day!): RHP Jake Arrieta (6-2, 4.57 ERA) vs. RHP Doug Fister (2-5, 3.18 ERA)
Arrieta’s last start: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 7 SO
Fister’s last start: 6.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 6 SO

Tuesday May 31: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 3.63 ERA) vs. LHP Erik Bedard (3-4, 3.48 ERA)
Guthrie’s last start: 7 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 4 SO
Bedard’s last start: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 4 SO

Wednesday June 1: LHP Brian Matusz (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Michael Pineda (6-2, 2.42 ERA)
Matusz: This will be his first start of the season after coming off of the DL. This is something the team and the fans have been looking forward to for weeks.
Pineda: His last start resulted in 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 5 SO
Against the O’s this season: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 6 SO in which the O’s won 7-6

WHO’S HOT:
Baltimore Orioles:

Nolan Reimold: In the last week, he’s hitting .357 going 5 for 14 with 3 runs scored, 1 double, 2 homers, 5 RBIs, and 3 walks.

Seattle Mariners:
Brendan Ryan: In the last 7 days, he’s hitting .571 with 1 double, 1 triple, and 3 RBIs.
Miguel Olivo: In the last week, he’s hitting .412 going 7 for 17 with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles, a homer, and 5 RBIs.

WHO’S COLD:
Baltimore Orioles:

Nick Markakis: Only hitting .167, going 4 for 24, in the last 7 days he has only 1 RBI.

Seattle Mariners:
Justin Smoak: He’s also hitting .167 in the last week a homer and 2 RBIs.

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