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Second-Place Showdown: Braves Clash With Orioles

A pair of teams trying to make up ground in their respective division races square off for a three-game interleague series this week as the Atlanta Braves visit the Baltimore Orioles beginning on Tuesday. Both of these squads are in the unfortunate circumstance of sharing a division with the team with the best records in each league in MLB.

Atlanta has lost three straight and seven of its last 11 contests, coming into this series with a 16-16 record on the road in 2024. The Braves, one of the top MLB picks to win the National League heading into the season, sit nine games behind the first-place Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East standings.

Second-Place Showdown: Braves Clash With Orioles
Max Fried #54 of the Atlanta Braves/Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

The Orioles had won three in a row heading into Monday’s series finale against the division rival Tampa Bay Rays. Baltimore is in second place in the American League East behind the New York Yankees.

 

Braves vs Orioles Series Information

  • Game: Braves (35-28) vs Orioles (42-22, not including Monday)
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, June 11, 6:35 p.m. ET; Wednesday, June 12, 6:35 p.m. ET; Thursday, June 13, 1:05 p.m. ET
  • Location: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
  • Braves vs Orioles Live Stream: MLB.tv

 

This three-game set is the only time these two teams will meet in the regular season in 2024. Atlanta has won the previous two series between the clubs, taking two of three at home last season and sweeping a three-game series in Baltimore in 2021.

 

  • Atlanta is 30-33 ATS in 2024.
  • Baltimore is 18-15 ATS when playing at home this season.
  • The under is 19-12-1 in the Braves’ 32 road games this season.
  • The over is 16-13-4 when the Orioles are playing at home in 2024.
  • Atlanta is 16-16 both straight-up and ATS on the road this season.

 

Game 1: Braves Need Solid Opener From Fried

In terms of Major League Baseball these days, left-hander Max Fried is a workhorse. Many starters are pulled from games after five or six innings, even if they’re pitching well, but Fried enters his start in the series opener having pitched seven or more innings in each of his last three starts and six of his last eight, including a pair of complete games.

The 30-year-old has been extremely good this season after missing much of the 2023 campaign with various injuries. When he makes his 13th start of the campaign on Tuesday, he’ll be just one short of his total for all of last season. Fried comes in with a 6-2 record and 2.93 ERA, striking out 67 in 73⅔ innings.

Fried has won his last three starts, including a victory against the Boston Red Sox last Tuesday. He went seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits while striking out 13 and walking one.

It’s uncertain who will be on the mound for the Orioles, who will be playing their 12th straight game with no days off. Left-hander Cade Povich made his MLB debut in this spot in the rotation on Thursday, lasting 5⅓ innings against the Toronto Blue Jays and allowing six runs on five hits and four walks. Whether Baltimore gives him another shot is anyone’s guess.

 

 

Game 2: O’s Irvin Looks to Silence Atlanta Bats

The Orioles will have lefty Cole Irvin on the mound for the second game of the series on Wednesday. The 30-year-old is 6-2 with a 2.87 ERA, striking out 43 in 62⅔ innings over 12 appearances, including 10 starts.

Irvin’s last three stints on the mound have come in starts, including a win against the Rays on Friday. In that contest, Irvin went 5⅔ innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits while striking out six and walking none.

 


Right-hander Spencer Schwellenbach will make his third career start for the Braves in the middle game of the series. The 24-year-old is 0-2 with an 8.38 ERA in his first two MLB appearances, so the Atlanta bullpen will likely come into play in this one.

Schwellenbach’s last start was against the Red Sox on Wednesday. He lasted 4⅔ innings and allowed six runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking two.

 

Game 3: Pitching Showdown in Series Finale

The Braves’ best pitcher in terms of ERA will take the mound for Thursday’s final game of the series. Righty Reynaldo Lopez has a 1.85 ERA, which ranks second in the MLB stats, and has put together a 3-2 record in his 11 starts this season.

Lopez took a no-decision in his last start, going six innings against the Washington Nationals on Thursday and allowing two runs on six hits, including a pair of home runs, while striking out seven and walking one. Lopez has allowed more than two runs in just one outing this season.

Righty Kyle Bradish gets the ball for Thursday’s contest for the Orioles, bringing a 2-0 record and 2.62 ERA to his eighth start of the campaign. Bradish has struck out 49 in just 34⅓ innings in 2024.

 


Bradish had a rough outing on June 1, allowing five runs on seven hits over 2⅔ innings against the Rays, but in the two starts surrounding that outing, he’s been nearly untouchable. Between his May 26 start against the Chicago White Sox and facing the Rays again on Saturday, Bradish went 13 shutout innings and allowed just one hit while striking out 20 and walking four.

 

Which Offense Can Get Things Going?

The Orioles have one of the most prolific offenses in baseball this season, entering Monday’s action in a tie for second in the majors in runs with 331 and having hit a league-best 102 home runs. Atlanta hasn’t been getting the same kind of production from its lineup, ranking 18th in the league in scoring at 279 runs and 13th in batting average (.244).

If the Braves are going to compete in this series, they’ll need a big few games from designated hitter Marcell Ozuna. The veteran is among the league leaders in many major offensive categories, including ranking third in RBIs with 55. The 33-year-old is also fifth in baseball with a .312 batting average and tied for fourth with 18 home runs.

His 0-for-5 performance at the plate on Sunday ended a streak of three straight games with multiple hits. He also has 14 doubles and 39 runs scored.

Baltimore’s offense is more balanced, led by 22-year-old shortstop Gunnar Henderson, who has 20 home runs to rank second in the majors. Henderson is batting .267 with 10 doubles, four triples, 45 RBI and 52 runs scored (second in the majors).

Catcher Adley Rutschman has also been outstanding, including a 3-for-5 day at the plate on Sunday, hitting a home run and driving in six runs. Rutschman is batting .306 with eight doubles, 13 home runs, 49 RBIs and 35 runs scored.

 

Orioles Keep Rolling With Series Win Over Braves

The Braves are struggling these days thanks to some injury troubles, and facing a hot Baltimore club on the road isn’t going to help that. The Orioles need all the wins they can get to keep pace with the Yankees, and they’ve gone 21-12 at home this season.

Look for the Baltimore offense to come through in the clutch to earn the series win. When doing your MLB betting on this series, take the home team to come away with at least two victories.

 

 

 

Question Of The Day

Who won the season series between the Braves and Orioles in 2023?


Atlanta took the season series with Baltimore in 2023, winning two of three games played at Truist Park.

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