Baltimore Orioles: Previewing Wade LeBlanc’s Start Against the Phillies

The Baltimore Orioles continue their road trip in Philadelphia after one of the most interesting games of the  2020 season.

After a night of back and forth baseball, the Baltimore Orioles pulled out a win against the Phillies on Tuesday night, 10-9.

It took 10 innings for the O’s to clinch their eighth win of the season. Austin Hays hit an inside the park home run after the Roman Quinn’s diving effort in the top of the tenth inning.

Baltimore will be looking to replicate their high-scoring offense against Philadelphia starter, Zach Eflin. The right-hander goes into his second start with four innings pitched, allowing no runs in his 2020 season.

The Orioles will send out southpaw Wade LeBlanc to the rubber Wednesday night. LeBlanc holds a 6.91 ERA coming into tonight’s game, giving up 11 earned runs in 14.1 innings pitched. Baltimore’s starter has had trouble on the road so far, giving up 10 runs in just two starts. He looks to cool the bat of Bryce Harper who slashed his second home run in as many games. Leblanc has the tough task of facing several left-on-left matchups vs. Harper, Didi Gregorius, and Jay Bruce.

Where the Orioles stand as of Tuesday, August 11:

  • Renato Nunez had a 3-hit game last night and looks to stay in the top 10 in the MLB in HR (5).
  • Hanser Alberto is top 10 in the MLB in average after adding an additional two hits against Philadelphia on 9/10 (.348).
  • Anthony Santander leads the Birds with 14 RBI’s and hitting .296 against the national league this season.
  • LeBlanc holds a 2.89 lifetime ERA against the Phillies in three career starts.

Several of the Orioles have had success against the Phillies Eflin. Bryan Holaday, Jose Iglesias, and Chance Sisco all have batted .333 against Eflin. But, on the Phillies end, more batters have had success against LeBlanc.

The Orioles will have to get their bats swinging tonight. And, Brandon Hyde shouldn’t be afraid to yank LeBlanc if he gets into too much trouble. However, after using seven pitchers in Tuesday night’s game, he might be limited in his choices.

The odds are good that a handful of those relief pitchers, including Cole Sulser and Miguel Castro would like to get another crack at the Phillies so they can make up for their problems on Tuesday night.