Tigers vs. Orioles, 8-5-2017 – Prediction & Preview

Tigers vs. Orioles, 8-5-2017 – Prediction & Preview

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Detroit Tigers (50-57) vs. Baltimore Orioles (53-55)

MLB Baseball:  Saturday August 5th, 7:10 pm EST

Drew VerHagen (0-1, 6.75 ERA) vs. Wade Miley (5-9, 5.60 ERA)

Line:  N/A

The Tigers and Orioles continue a four game series on Saturday in Camden Yards.  The Tigers took down the Orioles 7-5 in Game 1 of the series on Thursday night.  It was the Tigers fifth win in six games and as crazy as it is, they are at least in the ballpark of the wild card race.  The AL wild card race is very pedestrian and both of these teams, despite being under .500 are both in it.  The Tigers trail the last wild card spot by six games.

That means the Orioles are only 3.5 games out of a playoff spot, which is pretty amazing considering how this year has gone.  They tied a major league record by giving up five runs or more in 25 straight games, and how a teams can come back from that is pretty amazing.  They had won five in a row before Thursday’s loss.

VerHagen makes second career start

Drew VerHagen makes his second career start on Saturday.  He’s still a young man at 26 years old and has been used exclusively as a reliever before this year.  He’s made 42 career appearances and the start last month was his first in the majors.  This is only his third appearance of the year, making a relief appearance as well.

He hasn’t looked good in his limited appearances this year.  He’s gone a total of four innings and given up three earned runs.  Interestingly, all three runs have come on solo home runs.  If VerHagen could stop giving up the long ball, he’d never give up a run.  I kid.

Miley gets the call

Wade Miley gets the call for the Orioles on Saturday and he is looking to turn around what has been for the most part a disastrous year.  He comes into the contest at 5-9 with an ERA of 5.60.  His WHIP is 1.76 and batters are hitting .293 against him.  The most amazing thing is the amount of walks Miley has given up.  He’s thrown 63 walks in only 109 innings.  That’s a disastrous number.

He hasn’t been much better as of late.  Over his last four starts, he’s given up 19 earned runs in only 20.2 innings pitched.  If you are looking for a silver lining, he did only allow four hits and two earned runs over five inning in his latest start.  Not much to brag about however.

The Detroit Tigers are:

  • 3-7 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a losing record.

The Baltimore Orioles are:

  • 6-1 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
  • 5-1 in their last 6 games on grass.
  • 4-1 in their last 5 home games.

Wade Miley hasn’t been very good, but I’m going to take him at home over a guy making his second career start.  Before Thursday’s loss the Orioles had been playing really well at home.  I like them to bounce back and win on Saturday.

Pick: Baltimore*