O’s game blog: Trying to avoid a four-game sweep

After losses by 6-2, 11-6 and 4-3 on Sunday afternoon, the Orioles host Boston tonight at Camden Yards. It’s the final game of a four-game series that Boston has won and now will try to sweep.

When the 2021 season began, the Orioles swept three straight from Boston at Fenway Park. The scores were 3-0, 4-2 and 11-3. In that series, O’s pitchers held Boston to five runs on 15 hits and pitched to an ERA of 1.67. The Orioles scored more runs (11) and had more hits (17) in the final game of that series than Boston had that entire series.

O’s starters allowed five runs and 11 hits in 17 2/3 innings that weekend and the Baltimore bullpen threw 9 1/3 scoreless innings on just four hits in those games. Over 27 innings, O’s pitching walked just six and fanned 24.

But the following weekend, Boston swept the Orioles and in this series they have won three in a row. Boston has scored 48 runs in six straight wins against the Orioles this year.

Thumbnail image for Lopez-Delivers-White-Sidebar.jpgRight-hander Jorge López (1-3, 6.49 ERA) will make his seventh start and try to pitch the Orioles past Boston tonight. López has just one start as deep as five innings this year with the rest at 4 2/3 innings or less. He has thrown between 68 and 81 pitches in his outings.

He uses his fastball 64 percent of the time at an average velocity of 94.7 mph. He is throwing his curveball 23 percent and changeup 11 percent.

López owns a 3-7 record and a 6.81 ERA in 19 career games (14 starts) against American League East opponents. He is 0-2 in three starts this season with a 9.24 ERA with six walks and 12 strikeouts over 12 2/3 innings.

Lefty Martín Pérez (0-2, 4.40 ERA) gets the start for the Red Sox. They are 3-3 in his outings, losing the last two. Pérez, who has a WHIP of 1.465 over 28 2/3 innings, had an ERA of 5.93 through his first three starts. Over his past three, he is 0-1 with an ERA of 3.00.

Team strength of schedule via ESPN RPI

.531 - Orioles
.524 - Philadelphia and Tampa Bay
.517 - Miami
.514 - Toronto

Longest active American League hitting streaks

10 games - Freddy Galvis, Orioles
9 games - Marcus Semien, Toronto
8 games - Adolis García, Texas
7 games - three players tied at seven

Galvis has just one game with two hits during his hitting streak. In the 10 games, he is batting .344 (11-for-32) with three doubles, two homers and five RBIs.

He is hitting .377/.411/.698 (20-for-53) in his last 16 games, after beginning the season hitting .167/.255/.262 in his first 13 games. His .377 batting average since April 16 ranks as the second-highest in the AL (minimum 50 at-bats). Galvis is batting .500 (10-for-20) when leading off an inning and that is the second-highest batting average in the AL when leading off an inning.

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