Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel, the American League Pitcher of the Month for April and May, has won seven of eight decisions this season and posted a 1.76 ERA in 11 starts.
Sounds like a daunting task for the Orioles today, but at least they’ve beaten him once this season.
Steve Clevenger caught last night so Joseph could be behind the plate this afternoon.
Joseph is 2-for-5 with the home run lifetime against Keuchel. Manny Machado is 3-for-9 and Delmon Young is 2-for-3.
J.J. Hardy is 3-for-9 with a double, but he’s out of the lineup again today. Look for him Friday in Cleveland.
For once, “sore oblique” hasn’t led to a stint on the disabled list. The Orioles apparently caught it in time.
Pearce is 1-for-7 with the home run against Keuchel, and Adam Jones is 1-for-9.
Keuchel has allowed one earned run or fewer in seven of his 11 starts this season, and two earned runs or fewer in eight. He’s 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA in three career starts against the Orioles.
Left-handers are batting .123 against Keuchel, but the Orioles’ lineup includes three of them. Not like manager Buck Showalter has many right-handed options, especially with Hardy on the bench.
Then again, right-handers are batting .198, so there’s no real advantage when facing Keuchel.
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is 1-4 with a 3.21 ERA in 10 starts this season. He didn’t receive a decision against the Astros on May 25 after allowing three runs and 11 hits in five innings, with no walks and six strikeouts.
Chen has registered a quality start in six of his 10 starts this season, but he’s stuck on one victory.
Chen is 3-0 with a 3.28 ERA in four career starts against the Astros. He allowed one run and four hits over 5 1/3 innings in his only start at Minute Maid Park.
The current Astros are batting .323 against Chen. Jose Altuve is 6-for-13, and George Springer is 5-for-9 with a double and home run.
Chris Carter, who homered twice last night off Miguel Gonzalez, is 3-for-13 with a home run against Chen.
The Astros and Dodgers are tied for the major league lead with 74 home runs. The Orioles are ninth with 57.