Orioles on deck: What to watch Saturday vs. Cardinals

Orioles (32-34) vs. Cardinals (31-35)

Where: Camden Yards


First pitch: 4:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2, WJZ/105.7 FM

Starting pitchers: Orioles LHP Wade Miley (2-4, 3.97 ERA) vs. Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (7-4, 4.73 ERA)

What to watch

1. No respite. The Orioles' return to Camden Yards provided more of the same as what they saw on their road trip -- nothing going right. But manager Buck Showalter is sticking with the same lineup he used Friday, perhaps in hopes of the minor tweaks (Manny Machado batting second with Adam Jones third being the most significant) will take hold. After finishing with just five hits in the series opener, will the Orioles offense return to trending up as it was over the final few games of the road trip?

2. Get back. Left-hander Wade Miley was one of the pleasant stories for the Orioles in April, but he has completely fallen off of late. He has failed to get out of the third inning in each of his past two starts, allowing 10 runs on 14 hits and four walks in just five total innings. Can he regain his earlier form or will he continue to let the club down?

3. Keep it going. Not so quietly anymore, Trey Mancini has shown himself to be one of the only consistent hitters in the Orioles lineup. This month, he has again taken a step forward, batting .333/.370/.647 with four doubles, four homers and 11 RBIs in 14 games. His OPS of 1.017 is his highest of any month this season, as he combines a quality approach with power and production.

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 J.J. Hardy