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?