Orioles on deck: What to watch Monday at Astros, plus lineups, broadcast info and more

Orioles on deck: What to watch Monday at Astros, plus lineups, broadcast info and more
Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann leaps into the arms of pitcher Charlie Morton after Game 7 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Nov. 1 in Los Angeles. Houston prevailed, 5-1, to win the championship. (Matt Slocum / AP)

Orioles (1-2) vs. Astros (3-1)

Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston


First pitch: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN, ESPN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (1-7, 7.84 ERA in 2017) vs. Astros RHP Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62 ERA in 2017)

What to watch

1. O-wakening. The Orioles have been held to two runs on six hits over the past two games and have scored five runs this season. Against the defending champs, can the bats awaken on the road?

2. Tillman return. Signed to a one-year deal coming off the worst season of his career, the Orioles have to hope the Chris Tillman of old — the one who averaged 14 wins from 2013 to 2016 — is the one who shows up starting Monday. He had an up-and-down spring, with control problems the primary concern. The Astros should shed some light on where Tillman stands as his season begins.

3. Pomp. The Orioles will have to overcome the intangible disadvantage of being the opponent as the Astros celebrate their first World Series title with their home opener Monday night. Will the talented, young club have its way with the Orioles as it did a season ago?

Orioles lineup

1B Chris Davis

SS Manny Machado

2B Jonathan Schoop

CF Adam Jones

LF Trey Mancini


RF Colby Rasmus

3B Tim Beckham

DH Pedro Álvarez

C Caleb Joseph

Astros lineup

CF George Springer

3B Alex Bregman

2B Jose Altuve

SS Carlos Correa

RF Josh Reddick

1B Marwin Gonzalez

DH Evan Gattis

C Brian McCann

LF Derek Fisher