Baltimore Orioles

Orioles on deck: What to watch Saturday at Indians

Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, May 22, 2016.

Orioles (27-19) vs. Cleveland Indians (25-21)

Where: Progressive Field


First pitch: 4:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN, WJZ/105.7 The Fan


Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-5, 6.04 ERA) vs. Indians RHP Danny Salazar (4-3, 2.32 ERA)

What to watch

1. View from the top. Adam Jones hadn't batted leadoff in six years before Friday night, when he singled in his first at-bat, finished with three hits and generally acted as the catalyst for an offense that had been struggling. He's leading off again today, can he continue to energize the lineup?

2. Three strikes. After pitching reasonably well over his first six starts, Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez has been awful in his past three. He is 0-2 with a 9.60 ERA over that stretch, allowing 22 hits and 11 walks in just 15 innings. Can he return to his early-season form?

3. Plate discipline After setting a major league record by striking out 52 times in their three-game series against the Houston Astros, the Orioles had just six whiffs on Friday, finishing with 13 hits in a 6-4 win. Can they continue to lay off of breaking balls in the dirt?

Orioles lineup

CF Adam Jones
LF Hyun Soo Kim
SS Manny Machado
1B Chris Davis
DH Mark Trumbo
C Matt Wieters
2B Jonathan Schoop
3B Pedro Alvarez
RF Joey Rickard