Orioles (40-42) vs. Brewers (45-40)

Where: Miller Park


First pitch: 4:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 FM

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 6.48 ERA) vs. Brewers RHP Jimmy Nelson (6-4, 3.43 ERA)

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

What to watch

1. Telling start. Ubaldo Jimenez has spent most of this season floundering, but he's coming off maybe the best start of his career -- eight two-hit scoreless innings where he struck out eight and walked one. Two starts earlier, he allowed two runs in seven innings in his return to the rotation. In between, he gave up nine runs in 2 1/3 innings. Did Jimenez figure some things out his last start or was it a blip? Today could be telling.

2. Offense slipping. Just as the Orioles began winning again approaching the midpoint of the season, their offense started falling into a funk. They've scored more than three runs just twice in their past seven games, averaging 2.9 runs and 6.6 hits during that stretch. Can they put a stop to that against Jimmy Nelson, who has a 2.63 ERA over the past two months?

3. Trey two-step. Which brings us to Trey Mancini, arguably the Orioles' best hitter this season. Mancini endured a season-long streak of four straight games without a hit, going 0-for-14 before a two-hit showing Monday. If he gets it going, that could help fuel the offense. Was Monday just the start of a hot stretch for the rookie?

Orioles lineup

LF Seth Smith
3B Manny Machado
2B Jonathan Schoop
CF Adam Jones
RF Mark Trumbo
1B Trey Mancini
C Caleb Joseph
SS Paul Janish
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez

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