Where: Camden Yards
Pat’s Prediction Record: 30-29
The Starters: CJ Wilson vs. Brian Matusz
The Angels come into town for a big series for both teams. As the standings stand right now, the Orioles are 1.5 games ahead of the Angels and 1 game ahead of the Rays for the first wild-card. Obviously, with it being a 162 game season a lot can happen with just a 1.5 game lead. But the Orioles will be on a high coming off taking 2 out of 3 and winning the beltway series. The Orioles have Brian Matusz on the mound to lead them to a victory. Matusz had another bad start against the Mets last week, which was his third consecutive loss. Those losses dropped his record to 5-8 and his ERA is now back at 5.00, which are not good stats for a pitcher. Matusz will try to get back in the swing of things in this start. As for the Angels pitcher, CJ Wilson, he has been having a great year thus far. Although CJ Wilson gave up 5 runs on 10 hits in his most recent start, he still has the second-lowest ERA in the American League. His record looking good as well, at 8-4. Wilson has not faced this Orioles team yet this year. I think that the Angels will take game 1 of this two game set, 8-2.
The Starters: Jered Weaver vs. Jason Hammel
This game is probably one of the best pitcher match-ups that Camden Yards has seen in a long time. The Orioles pitcher, Jason Hammel, has been on a hot streak lately not allowing any earned runs in his last 17 innings pitched. He went 8 innings against the Nats in his last start and only gave up 1 unearned run, while striking out 10. Hammel is making a big push for the all-star game, he is 8-2 with a 2.61 ERA. As for the Angels starter, Jered Weaver, he also is having a great year. He is 7-1 with a 2.40 ERA. When he pitched against the Orioles earlier this year, he gave up three runs in 9 innings in an Angels victory. I think that the Orioles will win this one, 5-2.