Orioles on deck: Wright called up, what to watch Monday at Red Sox, plus series matchups

Orioles (15-8) vs. Red Sox (13-11)

Where: Fenway Park


First pitch: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 FM


Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (3-1, 1.65 ERA) vs. Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello (1-3, 4.75 ERA)

Series matchup

Offense (MLB rank)

Runs per game: Orioles (4.39, 17th); Red Sox (3.88, 23rd)


Average: Orioles (.243, 18th); Red Sox (.270, third)

Home runs: Orioles (30, t-12th); Red Sox (15, 30th)

OPS: Orioles (.713, 18th); Red Sox (.716, 17th)

Pitching (MLB rank)

Team ERA: Orioles (4.19, 18th); Red Sox (3.49, fourth)

Starters' ERA: Orioles (4.26, 22nd); Red Sox (4.09, 19th)

Bullpen ERA: Orioles (4.09, 11th); Red Sox (2.34, third)

Fielding (MLB rank)

Fielding percentage: Orioles (.986, ninth); Red Sox (.978, 25th)

Errors: Orioles (12, seventh fewest); Red Sox (19, t-seventh most)

UZR/150: Orioles (-3.2, 21st); Red Sox (4.3, sixth)

Defensive runs saved: Orioles (-25, 25th); Red Sox (48, fourth)

Orioles call up Wright, option Verrett

The Orioles' minor league shuttle continued to run Monday when they called up right-hander Mike Wright and optioned right-hander Logan Verrett to Triple-A Norfolk.

Verrett, 26, pitched two scoreless innings Sunday and got the win in his Orioles debut. But with that outing, he wouldn't likely be available for the start of the series in Boston.

So, up comes Wright, who is 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA in his first five starts with the Tides this season.

What to watch

1. B-train. With a 1.65 ERA and five quality starts, Dylan Bundy was the Orioles' best starting pitcher in April. The Orioles are keeping him on turn tonight at Fenway Park, and it will be worth watching to see if he can keep his hot streak going against a heating Red Sox lineup that is averaging five runs over the past three games.

2. Get over New York. The Orioles escaped the Bronx with one win in a series where they blew late leads twice and were blown out once. Because of Sunday's win, they're back in first place with a chance to put some distance between themselves and the Red Sox. This four-game series ends a stretch of 24 of 27 games against the American League East.

3. Awakening offense. The Orioles went to New York with the third-best pitching staff in baseball and a struggling offense. Now, the offense is trending up and the pitching staff is trending way down. While the Orioles tumbled to 18th in team ERA over the past three games, the offense produced 20 runs and a .794 OPS. Tonight, they'll aim to continue to hit against Rick Porcello, who has allowed two runs in 13 2/3 innings since his ERA sat at 7.56 through three starts. The Orioles will have Ryan Flaherty in the lineup to help out -- he enters the day a career .429/.467/.643 hitter against Porcello.

Orioles lineup 

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