Orioles on deck: What to watch Monday vs. Indians, plus series matchups

Orioles (34-34) vs. Indians (36-31)

Where: Camden Yards


First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 FM


Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (7-5, 3.29 ERA) vs. Indians RHP Corey Kluber (5-2, 4.15 ERA)

Every week of the regular season, columnist Peter Schmuck will grade the performance of the Orioles in five categories.

Series matchup

Offense (MLB rank)

Runs per game: Orioles (4.60, 21st); Indians (4.70, 16th)


Average: Orioles (.256, 12th); Indians (.252, 17th)

Home runs: Orioles (99, seventh); Indians (86, t-16th)

OPS: Orioles (.745, 17th); Indians (.761, ninth)

Pitching (MLB rank)

Team ERA: Orioles (4.97, 28th); Indians (3.93, sixth)

Starters' ERA: Orioles (5.46, 29th); Indians (4.71, 19th)

Bullpen ERA: Orioles (4.27, 18th); Indians (2.56, first)

Fielding (MLB rank)

Fielding percentage: Orioles (.984, 11th); Indians (.984, 10th)

Errors: Orioles (40, t-11th fewest); Indians (38, 10th fewest)

UZR/150: Orioles (-2.7, 23rd); Indians (-4.5, 25th)

Defensive runs saved: Orioles (-9, t-21st); Indians (10, 10th)

What to watch

1. Marquee matchup. This week's visit from the reigning American League champions brings perhaps the best pitching duel of the four-game series. Corey Kluber, the 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner who has finished in the top 10 of the voting in each of the past three years, takes on Dylan Bundy tonight. Kluber missed most of May, but has turned his season around since a rough start, going 4-1 with a 3.08 ERA in six starts since his ERA was 6.38. Kluber has been especially good of late, striking out 28 in 19 innings with a 2.37 ERA over his past three starts. Bundy, who leads the Orioles staff in ERA, is coming off a so-so start -- four earned runs in five innings in a win over the Chicago White Sox.

2. Power surge. The Orioles' series win over the St. Louis Cardinals was the latest illustration of how they live and die by the home run. In winning the past two games, the Orioles hit nine home runs to outscore the Cards, 23-12. Over the previous nine games, the Orioles were 1-8 while hitting just seven homers. Trey Mancini has been a big part of that offensive burst, hitting two homers and driving in five runs over the past three games.

3. Score when you can. The Indians come to Baltimore with the best bullpen in baseball, leading the majors with a 2.56 relief ERA. Once the Indians turn to their late-inning relievers, it gets especially difficult. Former Oriole Andrew Miller has a 1.51 ERA, a number that ballooned since he allowed one earned run in his first 31 1/3 innings (0.29 ERA) of the season. Closer Cody Allen has a 2.00 ERA with 15 saves.

Orioles lineup

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