Indianapolis Star
Major League Baseball
Preview
Cleveland at Baltimore
When: 7:05 PM ET, Friday, April 20, 2018
Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland

The Baltimore Orioles have the most losses in the American League, due primarily in part to a grueling early-season schedule that has seen the team play 13 of its 19 games on the road. The skidding Orioles have dropped six in a row but hope to get back on track when they kick off a 10-game homestand with the first of four against the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

Baltimore wrapped up its winless road trip through Boston and Detroit by getting throttled by the Tigers 13-8 on Thursday despite a pair of homers and four RBIs by Manny Machado. "There is no panic. I think everyone is frustrated," Machado said. "We just have to stay positive. This will pass. We’ve got a great team and once it starts clicking, we’ll get rolling." The Indians had a much-needed day to regroup Thursday after dropping a 2-1 decision in a 16-inning marathon at Minnesota on Wednesday to settle for a split of the two-game set. Cleveland was on a roll with five straight wins before an 8-4 loss to Toronto last Friday and then was idle for three days due to consecutive postponements and a scheduled day off.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), MASN (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Trevor Bauer (1-1, 2.25 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Dylan Bundy (0-2, 1.40)

A 17-game winner a year ago, Bauer picked up his first victory last time out by holding Detroit to two runs and seven hits while striking out seven over seven innings. He was even better in his previous outing but absorbed a hard-luck 1-0 loss to Kansas City despite yielding one run on three hits over eight innings. Machado is 8-for-12 with three homers off Bauer, who is 1-3 with a 5.86 ERA in five starts versus Baltimore.

Bundy has nothing to show in the win column despite allowing a combined four earned runs in his first four turns and coming up one-third of an inning shy of his fourth consecutive quality start last time out. Bundy, who has racked up 31 strikeouts and walked only seven over 25 2/3 innings, has lost his last two starts after opening the season with two no-decisions. He is 2-1 with a 5.06 ERA in three appearances against Cleveland.

WALK-OFFS

1. Orioles CF Adam Jones is 5-for-12 with four RBIs in the last three games.

2. Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion, batting .153, snapped a 12-game homerless drought Wednesday.

3. Orioles LHP Zach Britton is scheduled to throw off a half-mound Friday.

PREDICTION: Indians 4, Orioles 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Cleveland 9-7 L1 6-2 3-5 0-1 7-2 2-4 0-0
Baltimore 5-13 L5 2-4 3-9 4-6 1-4 0-3 0-0
Last Meeting
Cleveland Baltimore
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/10/17 BAL 2 CLE 3 .167 2 .594 .219 1 .594
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Cleveland N/A
Baltimore N/A
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Cleveland C. Allen 0 0 0
Baltimore P. Alvarez 0 0 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
Cleveland 0.00 .000 0
Baltimore 0.00 .000 0
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Cleveland F. Lindor .217 15 .657
Baltimore M. Machado .319 23 .930
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Cleveland J. Ramirez 4 7 8
Baltimore M. Machado 3 7 10
Pitching ERA Avg K
Cleveland 2.75 .208 141
Baltimore 4.75 .215 148