The Baltimore Orioles dropped their series opener with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night, but they’ll look to bounce back with one of their best starters – Kyle Bradish – on the mound on Saturday.
Bradish takes on Diamondbacks rookie Slade Cecconi, who is making his sixth appearance and fourth start at the Major League level.
With the win on Friday, Arizona pulled into a tie for the final wild card spot in the National League. Meanwhile, the O’s are holding on to a 1.5-game lead in the AL East.
Orioles vs. Diamondbacks probable pitchers for Saturday, Sept. 2
- Baltimore Orioles: Kyle Bradish (righty) – 9-6, 3.03 ERA
- Arizona Diamondbacks: Slade Cecconi (righty) – 0-0, 2.57 ERA
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Here’s a look at the odds and my best bet for this matchup:
Orioles vs. Diamondbacks odds, run line and total
Orioles vs. Diamondbacks prediction and pick
On the surface, both of these starters have solid numbers, but Cecconi’s sample size is much smaller than Bradish.
The D-Backs righty has posted a Fielding Independent Pitching of 4.02 so far in his MLB career, and it’s worth noting he’s only worked more than five innings one time in five outings.
That’s important because Arizona’s bullpen has been brutal in the second half of the season, and the team’s season-long ERA out of the ‘pen is 4.68. That’s not going to cut it even if Cecconi pitches well.
Meanwhile, Bradish has allowed more than three earned runs in a start just one time since the start of June, and he posted a 2.12 ERA in August while leading the Orioles to five wins in his five starts.
These offenses are very comparable over the last 15 days, but the advantage out of the bullpen should be the difference for the O’s in this game.
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