The Royals travel to Camden Yards to face an Orioles team whose season has been a disappointment. Four games under .500 at the trade deadline with no obvious path toward a playoff spot, have five teams standing between them and the last postseason slot.
Alex McDonald at numberFire sent their projections over for the series. They are as follows:
As the Royals start a new series against Baltimore, here's our projections for each of those games.
In the first game of the series, we give the Royals a 52.97% chance to win.
In the second game, a 49.75% chance.
And in the third game, a 55.69% chance.
The game times and pitching matchups are as follows:
- Monday, July 31, 6:05 PM CDT - Danny Duffy (L) versus Ubaldo Jiménez
- Tuesday, August 1, 6:05 PM CDT - Ian Kennedy versus Dylan Bundy
- Wednesday, August 2, 6:05 PM CDT - Jason Vargas (L) versus TBD
Royals at Orioles pitching matchups
|Danny Duffy (L)||16||101.0||79||19.0||28||6.8||3.56||3.44||4.67||4.59||2.4||2.8|
|Jason Vargas (L)||20||120.0||86||17.4||32||6.5||3.00||4.08||4.91||4.79||1.9||3.9|
The Orioles’ rotation has been a disaster. Wednesday’s start will likely either be Chris Tillman or deadline acquisition Jeremy Hellickson. Both Tillman and Jiménez could justifiably be removed from the rotation, so it’s also possible each could get one last chance to prove that they shouldn’t be moved to the pen. Jiménez has been bad. Unlike Tillman, he can’t point to a .378 BABIP and try to lay blame for his struggles there. Bundy has been one of the only bright spots in the Orioles’ rotation. Of course, he still hasn’t lived up to the billing of best pitching prospect in baseball a few years back.
Baltimore Orioles position players
As a team the Orioles are slashing .257/.313/.430 with a .318 wOBA and 95 wRC+. Their offense has been a bit better than the Royals’ (.311 wOBA and 90 wRC+), but defense matters too. Per the defensive component of fWAR, the Orioles are the fifth-worst defense in baseball, dragging their offensive contributions down. Per fWAR, the Orioles position players have been the 23rd-best unit in baseball. Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado have been Baltimore’s best players this year, but Machado’s season has to be qualified as a disappointment after two straight MVP-caliber seasons.
How will the Royals fare in Baltimore?
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Royals take two of three
Orioles take two of three
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