Orioles Feeble 3-19 Record on the Road, -1,091 P&L Certainly Worth Chirping About

Friday, May 18, 2018 12:40 PM UTC

Friday, May. 18, 2018 12:40 PM UTC

Nobody has started this season off worse on the Road than have the Baltimore Orioles with a 3-19 record away from Home and an ugly -$1,091 Profit/Loss mark in the sportsbooks as we head into the weekend. Let’s examine that ugly reality in Charm City and four other Betworthy Trends from MLB for the coming days ahead in the merry, merry month of May.

1—Young Braves Becoming Real Road Warriors, Have 17-8 Mark Away in 3 Series’ This Season

The Braves (26-16) quietly had the best Record in the NL heading into play on Thursday thanks in great part to their solid and improving play away from Home. Atlanta (45/1 to win World Series, Bookmaker) has played three series on the Road so far this Spring, going 4-4 in their first 8-game swing (COL-WAS-CUBS), 7-3 in a 10-game Road trip (CIN-PHIL-METS) and then a mouthwatering 6-1 on its last 7-game stand away (TB -MIA-CUBS) for an impressive 17-8 mark on the Road, temporarily tied with the Boston Red Sox (17-8 on Road) for the best Road Record in MLB. In the midst of this sweet start for the Bravos was an incredible 8-game Road Win Streak (April 28-May 10) in which Nick Markakis (.333/7/30), Freddie Freeman (.325/8/32) and Atlanta outscored their opponents 50-8. (Yes, you read that right: PHI 1-4 ATL, PHI 1-10 ATL, NYM 2-3 ATL, NYM 0-7 ATL, NYM 0-11 ATL, TB 0-1 ATL, TB 2-5 ATL, MIA 2-9 ATL. Starting Pitching for the Braves has been pretty solid with Julio Teherán and promising Sean Newcombe both sporting 4-1 marks and helping the young team to the top of the NL East, a division presumably owned by the Nats (24-18) and Mets (20-19) but which proudly boasts four of its five teams over .500.

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A cartful of attention has been given to the arrival of 20-year-old Venezuelan Rookie Ronald Acuña Jr. (.275/4/8) at SunTrust Park in Hotlanta but a bigger story has been the emergence of Curaçaoan 2B Ozzie Albies (.283/13/31) who was tied for the MLB lead in HRs at this particular writing. Next up for the Betworthy Braves (+13.6 units, #1 MLB)—who faced the Cubs in the rubber game of a 3-game series in Atlanta on Thursday—a 3-game NL East series vs. the Marlins this weekend (Friday-Sunday) followed by their 4th Road Trip of the season, and what looks like what could be a very tough one, as Atlanta heads to Philadelphia for 3 games (Monday-Wednesday) and then to Boston for 3 more (Friday-Monday) on the Memorial Day weekend. So as good as Atlanta (9-8 at Home) has been on the Road, these 6 games seem like trying to extract honey from a wasp’s nest, especially the L4 on the slate where the scheduled opposing Starting Pitchers against the Braves will be Jake Arrieta (3-1), Rick Porcello (5-1), Eduardo Rodríguez (3-1) and Chris Sale (4-1). No sank you Billy. There will be better spots down the line. Chop on, brother. Chop on.

2—Orioles Still Major Fade Material Away; Baltimore an Ugly 3-19 in 22 Road Games So Far

Manny Machado and the Orioles (3,000/1 to win World Series, 5Dimes) have been a virtual ATM on the road so far this Spring, with Baltimore a wobbly 3-19 in its first 22 games on the Road (-1,091 P&L) and being outscored 6.2 RPG-3.7 RPG in the process. And The Baseball Gods have been kind to you Mr. Modern Reader-Man, providing an immediate and nasty 12-game Road Trip from May 17 to May 27 in which to fade the O’s with a brutal 4-game series in Boston (3-0 vs. Orioles in 2017) against Mookie Betts and the red-hot Red Sox (Thursday-Sunday) to open things, a 4-game swing (and maybe respite) through the Windy City against the AAA White Sox (-16.7 units, #29 in MLB) to start next week (Monday-Thursday) followed by a 3-game AL East series at Tampa (there is no Bay bruh) against the (there is no damn Devil) Rays next Memorial Day weekend (Friday-Sunday) in what look like three nice spots to maybe soak in some Rays. Ring ding dong. We dearly miss you, Professor.

3—Back Astros in ALL Justin Verlander Starts Until Further Notice...or Quite Possibly Until 2022?

The defending MLB champion Astros (28-17) have a really special one in ace RHP Justin Verlander (5-2), who was absolutely brilliant in a CG 2-0 Win over the Angels on Wednesday night in Anaheim in the series finale as he shut out Los Angeles and left studs Mike Trout and Rookie Shohei Ohtani with 0-for-4’s (ouch) next to their names in the ole Box Score. Verlander (MLB-low 0.71 WHIP, MLB-high 68? IP, 2.99 WAR) lowered his MLB-leading ERA to 1.05, the lowest of any Pitcher after his first 10 Starts since the Rockies Ubaldo Jimenez (0.88) in 2010, and recorded his 2,500th career strikeout in the victory. After helping pitch the Astros to their first-ever World Series in 2017, the 35-year-old Old Dominion product and Kate Upton spouse has had a pretty decent start to 2018, and, like Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso Prince and Bartolo Colón, is proving Age ain’t nuttin’ but a stupid number, subject to one’s perception.

Justin Verlander’s First 10 Starts in 2018 MLB Regular Season

The next two scheduled Starts for the 6-5, 225-pound Verlander (3.40 ERA, 193-116, 2,500 K’s in career) are on Wednesday (May 23, 5:10 pm ET/2:10 pm PT)—meaning that a full week of valuable Rest—at Home in Houston at Minute Maid Park against Evan Longoria and The Desperate Housewives of San Francisco with Jeff Samardzija slated to get the poll for Los Gigantes followed by a scheduled Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) Start at The House That Ruth (Not George nor Jeter) Built, Yankee Stadium in The Bronx (ESPN, 4 pm ET/1 pm PT) with Domingo Germán (0-1) scheduled to go for the Bronx Bombers. Can you say two “stone-cold Unders”? No. You better not do that. It would be weird to suddenly say “stone-cold Unders” out loud. The Old Lady might think you’re fiending for a cold beer or something. Despite the Supreme Court’s just ruling on Monday, we still speak a language few understand. And only Dogs, Cats and Birds know why one would be talking out loud to “nobody.”

4—Hot Pitcher Against Cold Pitcher on Sunday in Toronto in Mengden-García Probables Matchup

Khris Davis (.308/1/3 in 13 Lifetime AB’s vs. Jamie García) and the A’s are in Toronto for a 4-gane Road series which opened up with Game 1 on Thursday night (Triggs-Sánchez; TOR -118, 9½) and even though the Blue Jays were 6-1 their L7 in Toronto against Oakland (+4.8 units), there seems to be a cherry-picking Pitching matchup in which to try to exploit on Sunday when the Athletics are set to send RHP Daniel Mengden (3-4, 3.75, 44 Ks) to the bump against struggling Toronto LHP Jamie García (2-3, 6.28 ERA, 38 Ks) in a game where the line may be set around Even or with the A’s as the slightest of Favorites, Games 1-3 depending of course.

With Mengden having allowed 2 Runs or less in 5 of his L6 Starts and coming off a 1 ER, 6.0-IP performance vs. the mighty Red Sox (+8.0 units, #5 in MLB) in his last outing where he allowed 8 hits, struck out 3 Boston batters and had 0 Walks and the veteran southpaw García possessing one of the highest ERA’s in MLB and having not completed more than 6.0 IP since his first Start and allowing 6 Runs and unable to complete 4.0 IP in his L2 Starts, backing Oakland on Sunday in Game 4 seems wise, possibly wiser than debating if a fucking machine is saying “Yanny” or “Laurel.” Where have youy gone, Joe DiMaggio?

5—Reds Win Win 7 of Last 9, But Return to Cincinnati May Be Harsh with Cubs, Bucs on Schedule

Despite dwelling in the basement of the NL Central, the Reds (15-29) have had a good couple of weeks and headed home on Friday on a nice 7-2 L9 roll after beating the Mets two straight and then heading to Californ-i-ay and sweeping the reeling Dodgers (-28.2 units, #30 in MLB) in Lalaland before dropping 2 of 3 to the G-Men in The City By The Bay, somewhat slowing the Redlegs roll. So maybe the Reds (9-14 on Road) are better away than they are in Cincinnati (6-15 at Home)? Logic dictates that this is just a strange burp for this team which will always be fighting a craptastic 8-27 start and with the Reds having to chase the more talented and confident Cubs, Cardinals, Pirates and Brewers in the NL Central. As non-Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones once (never) said, “We have only just begun to bet against the Reds.”

And two of those denizens of the NL Central, the Cubs (22-18) and division-leading Pirates (25-17) head to the River City to play the Reds with Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Chicago at the Great American Ball Park from Friday to Sunday—they play a DH on Saturday—in a 4-game series where backing Chicago in every game is advised although getting behind Yu Darvish (0-3) in Sunday’s finale should be a lighter look and may require medication. The Cubs are 0-1 vs. the Reds this season but went a profitable 40-17 vs. Cincinnati the previous 3 Regular Seasons combined and Manager Joe Maddon will be looking to beat teams his 4th-place Cubs can beat in such a competitive division. On Monday, the Pirates come to town, and although the first-place Bucs are 3-1 vs. the Reds this year, they went 6-13 vs. Adam Duvall (8 HRs), Joey Votto (.414 OBP) and Cincy last year. With the Reds scheduled to send “Don’t Hit A” Homer Bailey (1-5) to the bump on Hump Day vs. the Pirates Chad “He” Kuhl (4-2), backing the Bucos on Wednesday might be the best cherry-picking to be done from that series. Be best.

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