Orioles on deck: What to watch Tuesday at Reds

Josh Land
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Orioles (8-3) vs. Reds (8-5)

Where: Great American Ball Park

First pitch: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 FM

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman (1-0, 3.94 ERA) vs. Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo (0-2, 9.90 ERA)

Series matchup

Offense (MLB rank)

Runs per game: Orioles (4.82, fourth); Reds (4.77, sixth)

Average: Orioles (.250, ninth); Reds (.262, seventh)

Home runs: Orioles (18, fourth); Reds (17, sixth)

OPS: Orioles (.754, eighth); Reds (.776, third)

Pitching (MLB rank)

Team ERA: Orioles (3.82, 14th); Reds (3.49, eighth)

Starters' ERA: Orioles (3.67, 13th); Reds (4.32, 21st)

Bullpen ERA: Orioles (4.06, 16th); Reds (2.65, sixth)

What to watch

1. Ace on the mound. With Chris Tillman out, Kevin Gausman is being treated like the ace of the staff. Buck Showalter is pitching his rotation out of order to keep Gausman on regular rest, moving Ubaldo Jimenez back a day to start Wednesday. And Gausman performed much closer to the pitcher the club needs him to be his last time out. He allowed one run in six innings with season lows in walks (two) and strikeouts (three). He had command problems his first two outings and has struck out 11 batters while walking nine through three starts. He has yet to allow a home run, however. Tonight marks his first career start against the Reds.

2. Past his prime? Back in the majors for the first time since 2014, 40-year-old right-hander Bronson Arroyo starts for the Reds having allowed 11 runs in 10 innings through two games. Elbow problems kept Arroyo sidelined the past two seasons, and now he's hoping for a comeback where he has spent the bulk of the career. Arroyo has already allowed four home runs this season, making for a potentially combustible situation tonight against the Orioles' powerful lineup.

3. No DH. The Orioles begin their first interleague road series in Cincinnati, meaning Gausman is hitting with Trey Mancini and Hyun Soo Kim on the bench. Mark Trumbo is in right field, but Buck Showalter will have more weapons at his disposal as he makes pitching changes and can play with the double-switch in a National League park.

Orioles lineup

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

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