Orioles and Indians lineups

Chris Davis is batting in the cleanup spot again tonight as the Orioles start their four-game series in Cleveland.

Jonathan Villar is playing shortstop, with Richie Martin again moving to the bench. Martin has been sitting frequently against right-handers and the Indians are starting four of them in the series.

Pedro Severino is catching.

Straily-Pitch-Orange-sidebar.jpgDan Straily gets another chance to reverse a tough start with the Orioles. He’s appeared in seven games and posted an 8.23 ERA and 1.829 WHIP over 27 1/3 innings.

The month of May has been a challenge, with Straily allowing 11 runs and 14 hits with five walks in 8 2/3 innings.

Straily has made two career starts against the Indians and allowed five runs in 11 2/3 innings. His only start at Progressive Field was quality with two runs over six innings.

The current group of Indians are a collective 4-for-34 against him.

Straily’s 2.96 home runs allowed per nine innings is the second-highest in the majors behind teammate David Hess (3.12) among pitchers with a minimum of 27 innings.

Trevor Bauer is 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA and 1.106 WHIP in nine starts. He’s averaging 4.1 walks and 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings.

Bauer is seeking his seventh quality start tonight. Right-handers are hitting .176/.270/.320 and left-handers are hitting .205/.323/.373. He’s actually been better on the road with a 2.40 ERA and 1.065 WHIP in six starts, compared to a 4.42 ERA and 1.200 WHIP in three home outings.

In six career starts versus the Orioles, Bauer has surrendered 21 runs and 37 hits over 34 2/3 innings and is carrying a 5.45 ERA and 1.442 WHIP.

Davis is 4-for-13 with two doubles, a home run and five strikeouts against Bauer.

The Indians’ .221 batting average ranks 27th in the majors - the Orioles are hitting .236 - and their .657 OPS is 28th. But their 3.55 ERA is sixth and their 1.20 WHIP is fourth. Their 45 home runs allowed rank 26th, while the Orioles lead the majors with 89.

The Orioles went 2-5 against the Indians last season, losing two of three in Cleveland. They haven’t swept a three-game series there since 1987. The Indians swept three in 2017.

For the Orioles
Jonathan Villar SS
Dwight Smith Jr. LF
Trey Mancini RF
Chris Davis 1B
Stevie Wilkerson CF
Renato Núñez DH
Rio Ruiz 3B
Pedro Severino C
Hanser Alberto 2B

Dan Straily RHP

For the Indians
Francisco Lindor SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Carlos Santana 1B
Carlos González DH
José Ramírez 3B
Jake Bauers LF
Jordan Luplow RF
Leonys Martin CF
Roberto Pérez C

Trevor Bauer RHP

Mark Trumbo will play in his first extended spring training game on Friday in Sarasota as he tries to return from September knee surgery.

On this date in 1965, 19-year-old rookie Jim Palmer entered in relief and earned his first major league win in a 7-5 victory over the Yankees at Memorial Stadium. Palmer also hit his first career home run, a shot to right field off Jim Bouton.

Pitching coach Doug Brocail is celebrating his 52nd birthday today. Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson turns 82 on Saturday.

MASNsports.com’s Steve Melewski is in Cleveland (unless he got lost). I’ll rejoin the team next week for the home series against the Yankees and the trip to Colorado.

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