TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH
#918 BALTIMORE RUN-LINE with Voth (-1.5 +110) over Detroit with Wentz at 7:05 PM EST
Checking in embarrassed off yesterday’s 11-0 beating in their own backyard that came compliments of the Tigers, the Orioles will respond with a whipping of their own. Baltimore is on the outside looking in at the AL Wild Card race (now 5.0-games back) and the O’s need to go on a run badly.
Taking the mound for the home team will be right-hander Austin Voth. With 19 appearances this season including 14 starts, No. 51 has been touched for 21 earned runs and 60 hits in 68.0 innings. Voth whiffed 60 and walked 23 on his way to a 5-2 tally with a 2.78 ERA. Austin’s efforts at home have been solid too. Inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Voth has allowed 22 earned runs and 56 hits in 42.1 frames. After the math, that equates to a 3-0 record with a 4.68 ERA.
Greenhorn lefty Joey Wentz will counter for the visitors. With a grand total of four career starts in the bank, No. 43 has been slammed for eight earned runs and 14 hits in 17.1 inning of work. Wentz struck out 15 and walked four on his way to a 1-2 mark with a 4.15 ERA. This will only be the second time Joey has pitched on foreign soil. In his lone road outing at Kansas City on September 9th, Wentz was tapped for no earned runs and two hits in 6.2 frames. Joey fanned five and grabbed the dub in the Tigers 10-2 victory.
Plenty of quality team trends support this diamond investment. Baltimore has tasted victory in 14 of its last 19 when facing a left-handed starter, 29 of its last 43 coming off a loss, and five of its last seven after scoring two runs or less previously. On the other side of the field, Detroit has slipped in 36 of its last 51 facing a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage of .501 or better, 35 of its last 51 as a guest facing a right-handed starter, and 44 of its last 64 overall.
If the O’s want to have any shot at all at postseason play, they’ll need to take care of business against a Tigers team that is currently 35.0-games under the .500 mark. Take Baltimore with Voth. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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