Game 121 Preview: Orioles at Tigers

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 14: Wei-Yin Chen #16 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches during a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on August 14, 2012 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Baltimore Orioles (65-55) at Detroit Tigers (64-56)

Time/Place: 1:00 p.m., Comerica Park

SB Nation Blog: Camden Chat

Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV (Free Game of the Day), Tigers Radio Network

Pitching Matchup: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (11-7, 3.70 ERA) vs. RHP Doug Fister (7-7, 3.24 ERA)

Chen is already a member of the growing list of left-handed pitchers that have stymied the Tigers offense this season, allowing one earned run in the first six innings of that wild 13-inning 8-6 Orioles win on July 14th. Chen has continued to pitch well since then, winning four of his last six starts. Chen has some mild reverse splits, allowing a .692 OPS to right-handed hitters and a .744 OPS to lefties.

It may be too soon to tell, but it looks like Fister has been replaced as the starter who consistently gets zero run support. In his last four starts, the offense has put up 21 runs and Fister is 3-0. It doesn't hurt that he has a 1.15 ERA during that time as well, allowing just a .556 OPS to opposing hitters.

Outlook

This is probably going to be yet another low scoring game. Both Fister and Chen are pitching well right now, and the Tigers' inability to hit left-handed pitching will only contribute to the latter pitcher's success. While they didn't win, the Tigers showed that the back end of the Orioles' bullpen isn't invincible when they scored two runs off of Pedro Strop, who had a 1.20 ERA going into last night's game. Still, I don't think it even gets to that point. Chen is good, but I don't know if he can keep pace with Fister today.

Prediction

The Tigers scrape together a couple of runs to put Fister above .500 for the first time since May of 2010.

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