Baltimore Orioles

Orioles on deck: What to watch Wednesday at Astros

Orioles (26-17) vs. Houston Astros (18-28)

Where: Minute Maid Park


First pitch: 8:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan


Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Tyler Wilson (2-2, 3.68 ERA) vs. Astros RHP Collin McHugh (4-4, 5.13 ERA)

What to watch

1. New order. It could just be for one night, but after striking out a season-high 19 times Tuesday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter put together a much different lineup Wednesday against the Astros. Manny Machado is leading off, Jonathan Schoop is batting second, Nolan Reimold and Hyun Soo Kim are in the corner outfield spots, and Joey Rickard is on the bench. Will the altered lineup come up with a different result in Houston?

2. Machado mash. Before homering onto the railroad tracks at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, Machado had just four hits in 38 at-bats, dropping his season average from .360 to .306. During the past 10 games, four of his five hits are of the extra-base variety (three homers, one double), so he's still producing; just not at the MVP-caliber clip he had been. Was Machado's deep homer a sign of better hitting to come? 

3. Rebound opportunity. Yes, the Orioles have a chance to bounce back from Tuesday's 13-inning loss to the Astros, but Tyler Wilson has a chance to rebound from his first poor start since joining the rotation last month. Wilson gave up five runs in six innings on May 19 after posting a 3.57 ERA over his first four starts of the season. Can the rookie right-hander get back on track?

Orioles lineup

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