The Orioles will try for their ninth sweep of the season tonight with Adley Rutschman serving as the designated hitter, Ramón Urías playing second base, and Jordan Westburg moving back to the bench.
Aaron Hicks is in center field, putting Cedric Mullins in a reserve role.
Gunnar Henderson is slugging .727 against Angels' fastballs this season and .362 against other opponents’ fastballs, per STATS. He’s the third baseman tonight.
The Orioles registered their 44th comeback win last night, tied with the Reds for most in the majors. They’ve won four games in a row and 10 of 13 to improve their record to 87-51, and they maintain a 3 ½ game lead over the Rays.
Kyle Gibson makes his 29th start. He’s 13-8 with a 5.15 ERA and 1.340 WHIP in 162 2/3 innings. His 172 hits lead the American League.
Gibson has allowed nine or more hits in three of his last four outings. He’s registered 14 quality starts this season, but he surrendered 26 runs in 29 2/3 innings in August for a 7.89 ERA.
Tonight is Gibson’s 13th career start against the Angels. He’s 6-2 with a 3.82 ERA and 1.302 WHIP in 70 2/3 innings.
Mike Moustakas is 12-for-38 (.316) with four doubles and a home run against Gibson.
The Orioles are facing their third consecutive left-hander, Patrick Sandoval, who’s 7-11 with a 4.19 ERA and 1.453 WHIP in 24 starts. He’s averaging 4.4 walks per nine innings.
Sandoval has started twice against the Orioles and allowed three runs with 17 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.
Sandoval has allowed six home runs against his changeup in 171 plate appearances this season after allowing just three in 184 plate appearances in 2022, per STATS.
For the Orioles
Adley Rutschman DH
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Anthony Santander RF
Austin Hays LF
Gunnar Henderson 3B
Ramón Urías 2B
Aaron Hicks CF
James McCann C
Jorge Mateo SS
Kyle Gibson RHP
For the Angels
Nolan Schanuel 1B
Brandon Drury 2B
Luis Rengifo SS
Mike Moustakas 3B
Logan O'Hoppe C
Matt Thaiss DH
Trey Cabbage RF
Randal Grichuk LF
Brett Phillips CF
Patrick Sandoval LHP