TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION SUNDAY, AUGUST 13TH
#965 BALTIMORE with Bradish (-110) over Seattle with Miller at 4:10 PM EST
With a little juice off yesterday’s 1-0 shutout road win over the M’s, the O’s will grab the series victory when they scoop up this dub. Baltimore owns a 2.0-game advantage over Tampa Bay in the AL East standings and, with six straight on the road up next, manager Brandon Hyde wants to make sure his kids grab this win.
Toeing the rubber for the visitors will be right-hander Kyle Bradish. In his last five starts versus the Mets, Blue Jays, Phillies, Devil Rays, and Marlins, No. 39 was scratched for only 10 earned runs and 23 hits in 31.2 innings. Kyle whiffed 28 and walked 10 on his way to a 2-2 mark with a 2.84 ERA. Day starts have worked out well for the former New Mexico State pitcher, too. With the lights turned off (seven total starts), Bradish has surrendered just 10 earned runs and 31 hits in 41.1 frames. That’s good enough for a 2-1 record with a 2.18 ERA.
Greenhorn righty Bryce Miller will pick up the pill for the home team. Battling the Halos, Bo Sox, and Twins in his last three starts, No. 50 was clocked for 13 earned runs and 20 hits in 16.1 innings. Bryce fanned 21 and issued two free passes on his way to a 1-1 tally with a stiff 7.16 ERA. Even worse, in his lone start against the Orioles back on June 24th on the road, Miller was mauled for three earned runs and six hits in 4.1 frames. The M’s lost that game 6-4 and Bryce failed to earn a decision.
Technically speaking, this is a solid spot for the visitors. Baltimore has won 29 of its last 46 during the day, 46 of its last 78 against right-handed starters, 36 of its last 58 as a guest, and 15 of its last 19 when competing on Sunday.
If the O’s truly want to win a division title, they’ll need to find a way to win every series they play from here on out. Take Baltimore with Bradish. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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