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

Orioles (12-5) vs. Rays (10-10)

Where: Camden Yards


First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 FM


Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0, 5.51 ERA) vs. Rays RHP Chris Archer (2-0, 3.20 ERA)

Series matchup

Offense (MLB rank)

Runs per game: Orioles (4.0, 21st); Rays (4.65, 10th)


Average: Orioles (.240, 16th); Rays (.258, seventh)

Home runs: Orioles (23, t-13th); Rays (24, t-eighth)

OPS: Orioles (.710, 17th); Rays (.754, seventh)

Pitching (MLB rank)

Team ERA: Orioles (3.53, sixth); Rays (3.76, 12th)

Starters' ERA: Orioles (3.77, 10th); Rays (3.78, 11th)

Bullpen ERA: Orioles (3.11, eighth); Rays (3.74, 15th)

Fielding (MLB rank)

Fielding percentage: Orioles (.984, 14th); Rays (.986, 10th)

Errors: Orioles (10, t-10th fewest); Rays (10, t-10th fewest)

UZR/150: Orioles (-3.2, 21st); Rays (-1.6, 19th)

Defensive runs saved: Orioles (-25, t-24th); Rays (4, t-12th)

What to watch

1. U never know. After pitching 7 2/3 innings of scoreless two-hit ball in his most recent start, the big question is whether Ubaldo Jimenez can do it again. That outing was part of an impressive stretch for the Orioles rotation, which had a 2.59 ERA during a run of eight quality starts in nine games before Kevin Gausman's dud Sunday.

2. Simply solid. Adam Jones has had a fine start to the 2017 season, batting .269/.338/.448 in 17 games. The big difference is the middle number in that slash line. Jones is getting on base more, and yes it's early, but .338 would be a career high for the All-Star center fielder.

3. Ace's turn. Tonight has a chance to be a pitching matchup worth watching with Chris Archer on the hill for the Rays. Archer has been good so far this season, but is coming off his first rough start. After allowing two runs or fewer in each of his first three starts, he gave up four runs in five innings against the Detroit Tigers. He has struck out 27 while walking just eight in 25 1/3 innings.

Orioles lineup 

RF Seth Smith
CF Adam Jones
3B Manny Machado
1B Chris Davis
DH Mark Trumbo
C Welington Castillo
LF Hyun Soo Kim
2B Jonathan Schoop
SS J.J. Hardy

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