Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers - 5/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (15-20) at Baltimore Orioles (22-12)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Camden Yards)
Michael Fulmer (2-1) (6.00) vs. K Gausman (0-1) (2.16)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -165 / Detroit Tigers +155 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, MASN
Oriole Park will be alive once again on Sunday afternoon, as the Detroit Tigers and the Baltimore Orioles meet up for their weekend series finale.
This will be the fourth game in this extended set. The Orioles took Thursday’s opener 7-5, then grabbed another win 1-0 on Friday for their sixth win in a row. Saturday evening, the Baltimore scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth on the way to a 9-3 victory and their seventh straight victory.
For Sunday’s matchup, the Tigers will be wheeling out right-hander Michael Fulmer in the starting role. After making his MLB debut late last month, Fulmer has started three games with a 2-1 record for a 6.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP in 15 innings of work. On Tuesday against the Nationals, Fulmer wasn’t spectacular with three runs in five frames, but still got the W.
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The Tigers have some pretty heavy hitters in the meaty part of their order. Nick Castellanos has been great on 43 hits with seven homers and 28 RBI, but came up empty on Saturday. Ian Kinsler has plated 30 runs with 44 hits. Talented veteran Miguel Cabrera has amassed 38 hits with 17 runs and 18 RBI. Cabrera launched his fifth homer of the year on Saturday.
Kevin Gausman will be toeing the rubber for the Orioles in Sunday’s finale. Even though he’s 0-1 over four starts, Gausman has pitched pretty well on a 2.16 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in 25 innings of work. In a no-decision against the Twins Tuesday, Gausman put up three runs with nine strikeouts in six innings.
We’ve got a few standout names in the Baltimore batting order this year. Manny Machado has been a joy to watch, with 49 hits, 29 runs and 23 RBI. Machado whiffed 0-for-5 on Saturday, though. Mark Trumbo is swinging a big stick with 11 homers and 28 RBI. Chris Davis has nine homers and 25 RBI and 27 runs in what’s been a pretty good campaign for him thus far. Davis went 1-for-3 Saturday to raise his BA to .256 on the year.
The Tigers are 4-1 in their last five game fours of a series, and 1-8 in their last nine road games.
Meanwhile, the Orioles are 1-4 in their last five game fours of a series, but 4-0 in Gausman’s last four home starts against a team with a losing record.
Gausman is pitching well these days, so I like the Orioles here to help him get that elusive first win of the season and the series sweep. It probably won’t be a close game, either.