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Orioles on deck: What to watch Monday at Angels, plus series matchups

Orioles (55-56) vs. Angels (55-57)

Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim

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First pitch: 10:07 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (10-8, 4.24 ERA) vs. Angels RHP JC Ramirez (10-9, 4.03)

Series matchups

Offense (MLB rank)

Runs per game: Orioles (4.70, 15th); Angels (4.28, 24th)

Average: Orioles (.261, seventh); Angels (.246, 25th)

Home runs: Orioles (160, t-sixth); Angels (120, 24th)

OPS: Orioles (.755, 13th); Angels (.707, 28th)

Pitching (MLB rank)

Team ERA: Orioles (4.93, 28th); Angels (4.22, 14th)

Starters' ERA: Orioles (5.60, 29th); Angels (4.37, 12th)

Bullpen ERA: Orioles (3.96, 12th); Angels (3.97, 13th)

Fielding (MLB rank)

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Fielding percentage: Orioles (.985, 10th); Angels (.986, seventh)

Errors: Orioles (60, 11th fewest); Angels (55, sixth fewest)

UZR/150: Orioles (-5.1, 26th); Angels (2.0, 10th)

Defensive runs saved: Orioles (-5, 18th); Angels (7, 14th)

What to watch

1. Taking the playoff push out west. The Orioles have won seven of nine games to pull within 2½ games of the second wild-card spot as they head on what could be a season-defining 10-game West Coast trip. They begin against the Angels, who sit a half-game behind the Orioles in the playoff race, and finish at the Seattle Mariners, who are one game ahead. The Orioles hope to continue their push for a playoff spot after failing to go over .500 out west each of the past two seasons.

2. Bundy Day. These are becoming rarer events now that the right-hander is up to a career-high 127 1/3 innings. The extra rest did him well before his last start, when he allowed one unearned run on three hits and a walk in eight innings.

3. Offensive boom. The Orioles have scored the most runs in the American League (130) and the second most in baseball since the All-Star break. That has come on an AL-leading 37 homers, as well as a .286 average and an .838 OPS, both of which rank second. See if the Orioles' bats can stay hot against the Angels.

Orioles lineup

CF Adam Jones

3B Manny Machado

2B Jonathan Schoop

1B Chris Davis

DH Trey Mancini

SS Tim Beckham

LF Seth Smith

C Welington Castillo

RF Joey Rickard

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