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Orioles on deck: What to watch Monday vs. Red Sox, plus series matchups

Orioles (73-77) vs. Red Sox (85-64)

Where: Camden Yards

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First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (13-9, 4.03 ERA) vs. Red Sox RHP Doug Fister (5-8, 4.40)

Series matchups

Offense (MLB rank)

Runs per game: Orioles (4.71, 13th); Red Sox (4.83, 10th)

Average: Orioles (.263, sixth); Red Sox (.260, ninth)

Home runs: Orioles (226, first); Red Sox (155, 27th)

OPS: Orioles (.759, 14th); Red Sox (.740, 21st)

Pitching (MLB rank)

Team ERA: Orioles (4.88, 27th); Red Sox (3.66, fourth)

Starters' ERA: Orioles (5.63, 30th); Red Sox (3.98, sixth)

Bullpen ERA: Orioles (3.82, seventh); Red Sox (3.14, second)

Fielding (MLB rank)

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Fielding percentage: Orioles (.984, 13th); Red Sox (.982, 26th)

Errors: Orioles (87, t-16th most); Red Sox (98, fifth most)

UZR/150: Orioles (-4.1, 28th); Red Sox (3.4, fifth)

Defensive runs saved: Orioles (-1, 16th); Red Sox (20, fourth)

What to watch

1. Heart at home. The Orioles return to Camden Yards for their final homestand of the season. They begin with three games against the Red Sox, hoping to add a few wins to their 44-30 record in Baltimore this season. They'll definitely need it if they want to remain mathematically alive for a playoff berth a little longer, as their elimination number is down to eight. The Orioles are 5½ games behind the Twins for the second wild-card spot as the series gets under way.

2. The other side of the fence. The Orioles have risen to the top of the major league home run rankings despite down seasons in that department from Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo. However, they have seven players with at least 20 homers and two more with at least 10. That has the Orioles two homers ahead of the Rangers with two games to go. Can they remain the power kings of the major leagues?

3. Dylan's day. In four starts against the Red Sox this season, Dylan Bundy has a 2.49 ERA, but he hasn't faced them since June 3. In one of his last starts of the season, see if Bundy can go out on a good note and keep the Orioles' chances alive while denting the Red Sox's division title hopes.

Orioles lineup

SS Tim Beckham

3B Manny Machado

2B Jonathan Schoop

CF Adam Jones

LF Trey Mancini

1B Chris Davis

C Welington Castillo

DH Pedro Alvarez

​​​​​RF Austin Hays

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