O’s game blog: Yefry Ramírez pitches Cleveland series finale

The Orioles are just 3-14-2 in 19 road series this year. They can pick up a fourth road series win if they beat the Indians today at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. The Tribe won 2-1 Friday night, and the Orioles won 4-2 on Saturday afternoon.

Right-hander Alex Cobb pitched a complete-game five-hitter in the win, throwing 100 pitches. Cobb threw 37 four-seam fastballs, 37 split-finger fastballs and 26 curveballs. Cobb has six quality starts his last seven games with a 2.14 ERA in that span.

Cleveland (70-52) had a six-game win streak snapped yesterday and could see a six-series win streak snapped today. The Indians last lost a series when the dropped two of three versus the Pirates July 23-25. The Indians are 38-24 at home. Over their last 22 games, Cleveland starters have pitched to a 2.08 ERA.

Ramirez-throws-4th-of-july-sidebar.jpgRight-hander Yefry Ramírez (1-4, 5.40 ERA) will make his 10th outing and ninth as a starter for the Orioles today. He threw a solid game in the second game of a doubleheader last Saturday at home against Boston. Over five innings, Ramírez allowed three hits and two runs, with two walks and five strikeouts. That followed a two-start stretch when he gave up 11 runs over 6 2/3 innings.

Ramírez has pitched five innings or less, throwing 98 pitches or fewer, in each of his games. The Orioles are 3-5 in his eight starts.

Lefty batters have hit .254 off Ramírez and right-handers bat .238. In three road starts he is 0-2 with a 9.26 ERA and 1.886 WHIP. He pitched at Philadelphia, New York against the Yankees, and at Texas.

The Orioles today face right-hander Mike Clevinger (8-7, 3.38 ERA). He is making his 25th start of the year, and his best was in Baltimore on April 21. Clevinger pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout on 107 pitches, 70 for strikes, in a 4-0 Indians victory. He walked two and fanned three in that outing.

Clevinger has had a strong year and has given up two runs or fewer in four of his past five starts for a 3.03 ERA. In 12 home games, he is 3-3 with a 4.01 ERA. He has a 2.75 ERA in road games. Lefty hitters bat .241 off Clevinger, and right-handers bat .237 against him.

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