Entering the series against the Oakland Athletics looking to make a statement, the Baltimore Orioles did so, winning three of four games for a series win at home. Now, the Orioles hit the road once again, heading to face the Chicago White Sox for three games in the Windy City.
Baltimore Orioles travel to face the Chicago White Sox
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT
The White Sox have stumbled out of the gates under first year manager Pedro Grifol this season, sitting at just 5-8 entering this series. Luis Robert Jr leads the White Sox lineup in home runs with five and RBI's with 11. Dylan Cease has been their best starter with a 1.65 ERA, while Jimmy Lambert has yet to allow a run in relief.
Last season, the Orioles controlled the season series against the White Sox. In June, the Orioles took three of four games in Chicago, then they won two of three games at home in August, giving them a 5-2 record against the White Sox last season.
Friday, 4/14: Tyler Wells vs Mike Clevinger
The opening game of the series pits Wells and Clevinger against each other. Wells is coming off his second appearance and first start of the season, allowing four runs on six hits over six innings pitched against the New York Yankees.
Clevinger enters his third start of the season with four runs allowed on 11 hits and nine strikeouts over 10 1/3 innings pitched, giving him a 3.48 ERA so far this season, his first in Chicago.
Saturday, 4/15: Kyle Gibson vs Michael Kopech
The middle game pits the veteran Gibson against the younger flamethrower Kopech. Gibson has been the Orioles best starter so far, having allowed seven runs on 17 hits and 12 strikeouts over 18 1/3 innings, making three starts and getting a win in all three.
Kopech has had his ups and downs in two starts this season for the White Sox. He's allowed eight runs in 10 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and walking six hitters, striking out 10 hitters to give him a 6.75 ERA thus far.
Sunday, 4/16: Grayson Rodriguez vs Dylan Cease
The series finale pits an ace against what we hope is an ace in the making. Rodriguez had his lumps in his Camden Yards debut on Tuesday, getting charged with five runs in 4 1/3 innings, although some of those runs came after he departed thanks to Austin Voth. He's allowed seven runs over 9 1/3 innings this season.
Cease has been the undisputed ace of the White Sox rotation to start the season. In three starts, he's allowed five runs on six hits, racking up 24 strikeouts to seven walks in 16 1/3 innings pitched, giving him a 1.65 ERA.
It's time for baseball once again. Hopefully the Orioles can string together consecutive series wins, and it starts with this one!