Baltimore Orioles Look To End Season With First Sweep
By Nick Stevens
The Baltimore Orioles will look to end their 2019 season with a sweep of the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
Just one game remains, that’s it. One final game in 2019 for the Baltimore Orioles, the first year of a complete rebuild to bring this proud Baltimore franchise back to respectability. Fans witnessed the ups, the downs, the weird, the fascinating, and everything in between this season, which comes down to one last game against the Boston Red Sox.
After taking the first two games of the series on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, the Orioles will take the field on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 pm EST to complete their first sweep of the season. Not just any sweep, but a sweep of the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox in their own ballpark.
The Orioles haven’t been on the positive side of a sweep in 2019 and haven’t swept a team on the road since June 5-6, 2018 at Citi Field against the New York Mets. The last three-game road sweep occurred back in August of 2017 when Jeremy Hellickson, Kevin Gausman, and Wade Miley picked up victories over the Red Sox at Fenway Park, outscoring Boston by a score of 25-4.
After enduring the type of season the Baltimore Orioles have had to endure, can you imagine a better way to end the year than sweeping a team who thought they would be back in the playoffs in 2019 to defend their crown? Yet here the Red Sox are, struggling to beat a 54 win team. You just love to see it.
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The Orioles have a tall task in front of them if they want to end 2019 on the highest of highs. Dylan Bundy was scheduled to throw today, but instead, Brandon Hyde will give the ball to Chandler Shepherd, meaning Bundy gets to end his much-improved season with a win against Toronto.
Shepherd has made four appearances with the Orioles (two starts) and is currently 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and a .316 batting average against. In his last outing, a start against Toronto, Shepherd allowed three runs before recording his first out, ultimately giving up six runs on six hits (three home runs) in three innings.
Boston will counter with 26-year-old former Baltimore Oriole farmhand, Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez will go for win number 20 on the year as he wraps up a career-year. Over 33 starts, Rodriguez is 19-6 with a 3.80 ERA and 205 strikeouts in 196 innings.
He has made three starts against the Orioles this year, going 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts in 21 innings.
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