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Orioles on deck: What to watch Friday at Indians, plus series matchups

Orioles (71-69) vs. Indians (84-56)

Where: Progressive Field

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First pitch: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles LHP Wade Miley (8-11, 4.91 ERA) vs. Indians RHP Mike Clevinger (8-5, 3.50)

Series matchups

Offense (MLB rank)

Runs per game: Orioles (4.86, 10th); Indians (5.07, sixth)

Average: Orioles (.267, fourth); Indians (.263, sixth)

Home runs: Orioles (216, second); Indians (185, 15th)

OPS: Orioles (.770, eighth); Indians (.791, second)

Pitching (MLB rank)

Team ERA: Orioles (4.84, 26th); Indians (3.48, second)

Starters' ERA: Orioles (5.62, 29th); Indians (3.77, fourth)

Bullpen ERA: Orioles (3.71, sixth); Indians (2.91, first)

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Fielding (MLB rank)

Fielding percentage: Orioles (.985, 10th); Indians (.987, fifth)

Errors: Orioles (78, t-11th fewest); Indians (66, t-fourth most)

UZR/150: Orioles (-5.0, 29th); Indians (2.5, eighth)

Defensive runs saved: Orioles (-17, t-21st); Indians (16, t-10th)

What to watch

1. Scorching hot. The Orioles arrive in Cleveland to face the hottest team in baseball. The Indians have won 15 straight games, during which they have a 1.87 ERA and are averaging 7.3 runs per game. The Orioles go into Progressive Field coming off a series loss to the Yankees, which dropped them two games out of the second wild-card spot. See if they can cool the Indians off on the road.

2. Miley up. Wade Miley enters tonight's game with a 2.79 ERA over his past seven starts. After going nearly 2½ months without a quality start, he has three in his past five starts. After a rough run for the rotation, the Orioles could use another good outing from him tonight.

3. Bat battle. This series pits two of baseball's best offenses against each other. The Orioles bring the second-most homers and the fourth-best average in the majors into the series, while the Indians have a more well-rounded attack, owners of the second-best OPS in the big leagues.

Orioles lineup

SS Tim Beckham

3B Manny Machado

2B Jonathan Schoop

CF Adam Jones

LF Trey Mancini

1B Chris Davis

DH Mark Trumbo

​​​​​RF Seth Smith

C Caleb Joseph

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