Pitching Prospects: Pirates: Mitch Keller (3-7, 4.37 ERA, 1.42 whips, 87 strikeouts); Orioles: Dean Kramer (3-3, 3.86 ERA, 1.40 whip, 41 strikeouts)
fanduel sportsbook Line: Orioles-157, Pirates +133; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
Bottom line: The Baltimore Orioles began their three-game series at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.
Baltimore is 54–51 on aggregate and 29–20 in home games. The Orioles are 33-8 in the game when they have more hits than their opponents.
Pittsburgh has an overall record of 43–62 and a record of 19–33 on the road. The Pirates have gone 32-16 in games when they record at least eight hits.
The teams will meet on Friday for the first time this season.
Top Performer: Cedric Mullins has nine home runs, 33 walks and 45 RBIs, while hitting .260 for the Orioles. Anthony Santander is 16-for-40 in the last 10 matches with three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBIs.
Brian Reynolds leads Pittsburgh with 16 home runs slugging .460. Vanil Cruz is 9-for-35 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in the last 10 games.
Last 10 games: Orioles: 7-3, .240 batting average, 2.93 ERA, beat opponents by 18 runs
Pirates: 3-7, .217 batting average, 4.21 ERA, 10 runs outscore
Injuries: Orioles: Austin Hays: Day-Day (side), Tyler Wells: 15-Day IL (Side), Jonathan Arouz: 10-Day IL (Finger), Travis Lakins: 60-Day IL (Elbow), Alexander Wells: 60-Day IL (Elbow), Chris Ellis: 60-Day IL (Shoulder), John Means: 60-Day IL (Elbow)
Pirates: David Bedner: 15-day IL (back), Tyler Heinemann: 10-day IL (groin), Dillon Peters: 15-day IL (elbow), Jake Marisnick: 10-day IL (toe), Max Cranial: 60-day IL (elbow), Canaan Smith-Njigba: 60-day IL (wrist), Roberto Perez: 60-day IL (hamstring), Blake Cederlind: 60-day IL (elbow), Nick Mears: 60-day day il (elbow)