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Struggling O's Host Royals to Begin Nine-Game Homestand

May 08, 2018 - 5:16 pm

By Joe Schiller

In a season filled with hope and playoff aspirations for the Baltimore Orioles, there’s been little to show through 34 games.

The O’s sit at a record of 8-26, tied for the lowest wins in the majors with the Cincinnati Reds. They return home from a six-game West Coast road trip after being swept by both the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics. That begins tonight as Kansas City Royals come into town.

Kevin Gausman (2-2) leads the way for the O’s starting rotation. He’s coming off a career performance in his last outing after throwing a two-hit, nine-inning shutout against the A’s on Saturday. It was pure dominance on the mound but Gausman failed to earn the win with a lack of run support. No other Oriole pitcher has surpassed one win this season as Alex Cobb remains winless.

Manny Machado has been one of the few bright spots at the plate. He continues to lead the O’s in every major hitting statistical category, posting a slash line of .346/.430/.623. Whether that’s boosting his trade stock or free agent value, Machado is doing just that throughout the early portions of the season.

As a whole, the O’s have struggled to find any contact with the ball. They rank dead last with a team batting average of .220. With the return of Mark Trumbo and Jonathan Schoop back into the lineup, they'll look to improve on that mark with plenty of games left to play.

The O’s have just two series wins on the season and are presented with a prime opportunity to get their third this week. The Royals have endured a wealth of problems of their own and sit just three games ahead in the win column. Their pitching has been horrendous, providing Buck Showalter’s team the chance to regain confidence back with their bats.

Two teams that played in the ALCS just four years ago are now fighting at the bottom of the American League. Crazy how things can change in such a short time.

Probable Pitchers

5/8: RHP Dylan Bundy (1-4, 3.76 ERA) vs. LHP Danny Duffy (0-4, 5.63 ERA)

5/9: RHP Andrew Cashner (1-4, 4.89 ERA) vs. LHP Eric Skoglund (1-2, 6.84 ERA)

5/10: RHP Chris Tillman (1-5, 9.24 ERA) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (1-3, 2.92 ERA)