Baltimore (64-50) at San Francisco (65-49)
When: Friday, August 12th 2016
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
Time: 10:15 ET | TV: MLB Network
Two struggling teams meet Friday night in San Francisco as the Giants host the Baltimore Orioles to begin a three-game series. The Giants return home after a 4-5 road trip and are just 8-16 since the All-Star Break. The San Fran offense has been a problem during the recent skid scoring two or fewer runs in half of those games. One such game occurred Thursday, but the Giants came out on top 1-0 at Miami. The Giants are still a game ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West. Baltimore has dropped 10 of 16, but the offense finally broke out against Oakland in yesterday’s 9-6 victory. The Orioles had scored three runs total in the first three against the Athletics. All-Star right fielder Mark Trumbo broke out of a 7-for-61 drought with a homer and five RBIs in Thursday’s victory. The Orioles have seen the Toronto Blue Jays overtake them in the AL East standings and will begin the weekend a half a game out.
Pitchers: Orioles – Dylan Bundy (5-3, 3.05 ERA) | Giants – Matt Cain (4-6, 5.16)
Dylan Bundy will make his sixth start of the season after playing most of the first-half in the bullpen. He has won his past two starts and three of four overall. Bundy has allowed just two runs and five hits across 13 innings in his last two turns. Bundy has struck out 29 and walked three over his last four starts.
Matt Cain has turned things around by winning his last three starts and has not allowed a run in the past two (10 innings). He’s also keeping the ball in the park by not allowing a long-ball in his last two after surrendering five in his previous two starts. Cain lost to the Orioles in his lone career start against them when he gave up three runs and five hits over seven innings in August of 2013.
Both teams are struggling to score runs, but I think the return home will give the Giants a boost. Cain is looking pretty good lately and San Fran is 32-21 at home while the O’s are just 25-33 on the road.
Pick: Giants +111