Orioles pitchers have recorded 13 quality starts over their last 18 games. The O's starters are 11-6 with a 3.78 ERA in that stretch.
Chris Tillman, who has recorded eight quality starts over his last 10 games and 14 in 21 outings on the year, takes the mound tonight against his former team.
Seattle drafted Tillman in the second round in 2006 and then sent him to Baltimore along with Adam Jones and three others for Erik Bedard on Feb. 8, 2008.
In four starts for the O's against Seattle, Tillman is 4-0 with an ERA of 0.98 and a WHIP of 0.69.
At 13-3, Tillman is the first O's pitcher to be 10 games over .500 at any point in the season since Mike Mussina in 1999.
With a victory tonight, Tillman would pull within one victory of the major league lead in wins.
MLB wins leaders:
15 - Max Scherzer, Det
14 - Bartolo Colon, Oak & Matt Moore, TB
13 - Chris Tillman, Bal & Adam Wainwright, STL & Justin Masterson, Clev
Over his last 10 starts since June 1, Tillman is 9-1 with an ERA of 2.98. In Tillman's last start, a week ago tonight, he pitched seven shutout innings of two-hit ball in a win over Boston.
Tonight he faces the club that gets the highest percentage of its run via the home run ball. Seattle has scored 47 percent of its runs via a homer to lead the majors. The Orioles are second, 44 percent of their runs from the longball.