Orioles on deck: What to watch Friday at Rays, plus series matchups and O'Day returns

Orioles (35-37) vs. Rays (39-36)

Where: Tropicana Field


First pitch: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 FM


Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-2, 6.25 ERA) vs. Rays RHP Chris Archer (5-4, 3.75 ERA)

Series matchup

Offense (MLB rank)

Runs per game: Orioles (4.49, 21st); Rays (4.80, 12th)


Average: Orioles (.255, 13th); Rays (.255, 14th)

Home runs: Orioles (103, t-seventh); Rays (115, t-second)

OPS: Orioles (.740, 22nd); Rays (.775, eighth)

Pitching (MLB rank)

Team ERA: Orioles (5.10, 30th); Rays (4.08, eighth)

Starters' ERA: Orioles (5.61, 29th); Rays (3.96, sixth)

Bullpen ERA: Orioles (4.37, 18th); Rays (4.30, 15th)

Fielding (MLB rank)

Fielding percentage: Orioles (.984, 11th); Rays (.981, 27th)

Errors: Orioles (42, 12th fewest); Rays (53, third most)

UZR/150: Orioles (-2.7, 23rd); Rays (0.5, 15th)

Defensive runs saved: Orioles (-15, 25th); Rays (25, t-second)

O'Day activated

The Orioles activated setup man Darren O'Day from the disabled list before Friday's game.

O'Day hasn't pitched since June 6 because of a right shoulder strain. He has a 3.86 ERA in 24 appearances this season.

What to watch

1. Down to one. Only Ubaldo Jimenez and his 6.25 ERA stand between the Orioles and the major league record of 20 straight games allowing at least five runs. If they again give up five runs tonight, they'll match the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies' infamous mark. To be fair, Jimenez had an impressive return to the rotation five days ago, holding the St. Louis Cardinals to two runs in seven innings. However, he hasn't put together consecutive good outings all year.

2. Road worriers. The Orioles head back on the road with an 11-23 record away from home, the second-worst mark in the American League. The Orioles have lost 16 of their past 18 road games, and those struggles are largely to blame for the club's collapse. Their next six games will be played in the division away from Camden Yards. They start this weekend against the Rays, and then visit the Toronto Blue Jays.

3. Catch-up. The Orioles enter this stretch tied for last place in the AL East, trailing this weekend's opponent by 2 1/2 games for third place. The Rays have been a bit of a surprise, hanging within three games of .500 all season. Can the Orioles knock them down a peg and close back in on the division leaders?

Orioles lineup

DH Seth Smith
3B Manny Machado
CF Adam Jones
RF Mark Trumbo
2B Jonathan Schoop
1B Trey Mancini
C Welington Castillo
LF Hyun Soo Kim
SS Ruben Tejada

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