Orioles and Rays lineups (updated)

Trey Mancini and Anthony Santander have returned to the Orioles lineup this afternoon.

Mancini is the designated hitter and batting second. Santander, who pinch-hit last night, is the right fielder and batting sixth.

A loss today would push the Orioles to a season-high 15-game streak, the second-longest in franchise history behind the 21 in a row that opened 1988. It also will guarantee a fifth consecutive season below .500.

They aren’t likely to run the table.

Their 38 wins are two fewer than the Diamondbacks, and their .319 winning percentage is the lowest in the majors.

To review: The Orioles are 38-81 overall, 1-14 against the Rays and 6-23 in St. Petersburg, Fla., since the beginning of the 2018 season. They’ve been outscored 131-40 during the streak and 121-55 against Tampa Bay this season.

The Orioles’.067 winning percentage versus the Rays is their lowest against any divisional opponent in a season since 1927, when the St. Louis Browns went 1-21 (.047) against the Yankees.

The minus-91 run differential during the streak is the worst by any team over a 14-game span since Baseball-Reference.com data became available, surpassing the 1901 Reds, who were outscored 139-52 (minus-87) from June 9-24, 1901.

The 131 runs allowed are the eighth-highest over a 14-game stretch in club history and the most since 2007, when they surrendered 132 from Aug. 22-Sept 4.

Mountcastle-Dugout-High-Fives-Sidbar.jpgRyan Mountcastle has a 10-game hitting streak. He’s batting .444/.462/.889 (16-for-36) with four home runs and nine RBIs over that stretch.

Mountcastle is the eighth Orioles rookie with 20 homers and the first since Mancini in 2017.

Cedric Mullins’ six leadoff home runs this season are tied for third-most in the majors with the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts. Last night’s leadoff homer was his first on an 0-2 pitch and the Orioles’ first since Seth Smith on July 7, 2017 in Minnesota.

Ramón Urías is making his third start at third base.

Jorge López has made two starts against the Rays and allowed seven runs and 12 hits with 13 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. His Aug. 8 start resulted in only two runs allowed in six innings. Austin Meadows hit a solo home run.

Left-hander Shane McClanahan, a Baltimore native, has a 3.73 ERA and 1.287 WHIP in 18 starts as a rookie and is averaging 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

McClanahan has made two starts against the Orioles and surrendered four runs and nine hits in 12 innings, with two walks and 15 strikeouts.

The Rays placed first baseman/outfielder Jordan Luplow (left ankle strain) on the 10-day injured list and recalled left-hander Dietrich Enns from Triple-A Durham.

For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Trey Mancini DH
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Austin Hays LF
Pedro Severino C
Anthony Santander RF
Ramón Urías 3B
Jorge Mateo 2B
Richie Martin SS

Jorge López RHP

For the Rays
Brandon Lowe 2B
Wander Franco SS
Nelson Cruz DH
Austin Meadows LF
Ji-Man Choi 1B
Randy Arozarena RF
Joey Wendle 3B
Francisco Mejía C
Brett Phillips CF

Shane McClanahan LHP

The Braves are starting Max Fried, Drew Smyly and Touki Toussaint in the three-game series in Baltimore that begins Friday night.

Update: Reliever Hunter Harvey will make another appearance on his injury rehab assignment, perhaps working more than one inning, before the Orioles decide if he should be reinstated.

“I think we’re going to see how he feels after that and take it from there,” said manager Brandon Hyde.

Harvey, the last Oriole on the 10-day injured list, allowed one run and three hits in an inning last night with Triple-A Norfolk. He loaded the bases with no outs and got three ground balls.

“He’s scheduled to pitch in a couple days,” Hyde said. “Might try to extend him to a one-plus, might not. Might just go one and see how he’s feeling and then decide at that point if he’s going to stay there or come up.”

Hyde doesn’t know how his roster is going to change later in the month and in September.

“When it comes to bringing guys up and the roster decisions, whether they’re bringing up infielders or we don’t have any pitchers to bring here, that’s up to Mike (Elias) and the front office on when to determine if a prospect is ready or somebody they want to see in September,” Hyde said.

“Those decisions are starting to happen now, those discussions are starting to happen, but with the expanded roster only going to 28 it’s a little bit more difficult this year, as well, not being able to see more guys, so we’ll see. I’m not really sure.”

Hyde said the issues with Paul Fry - 13 earned runs, 12 walks and two strikeouts this month in 4 1/3 innings - aren’t due to faulty mechanics.

“It’s a tough stretch,” Hyde said. “It’s tough to put your finger on it. I’m trying to help him out, putting him in spots where I feel like there’s an opportunity to have some success to try to get some confidence. I don’t think not pitching him at all does him any good. I don’t think pitching him in a big spot late in the game does him any good either right now just with the shaky command and the lack of confidence right now that he’s shown on the mound.

“Having a tough time throwing strikes is a lack of confidence. Paul’s had a lot of really good moments and he had a really good first half and that’s why this is tough. So, last couple times I tried to pick my spots with him. Last night I gave him the sixth down a couple, bottom of the order, left-handed. I thought that was a good pocket for him and he just had a tough time commanding the ball. We’re going to continue to discuss, talk to him, but it’s very difficult right now.”

The Orioles haven’t hit a home run with a runner in scoring position this month, and only two of their 21 homers in August have come with a runner on base. They’re batting .150 (18-for-120) with RISP in 16 games this month.

The Orioles are starting Keegan Akin, Matt Harvey and John Means in the three-game weekend series against the Braves.

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