The Baltimore Orioles are by far the biggest surprise this year and just as big as a top profitable MLB picks this year.
Despite a struggling offense, the Baltimore Orioles who are 66-59 got the win last night over the Houston Astros who are the top-ranked team in the American League.
The victory over the Astros puts the Orioles seven games over .500 for the first time since May 22, 2017, and they now sit at just 2½ games out of a wild card spot, trailing the Seattle Mariners who are 69-57.
Kyle Bradish Comes Up Big Against AL Leader Houston Astros
Kyle Bradish came into this contest against the Houston Astros with a 4.21 ERA in five starts since coming off IL.
Going up against an Astros team that is 3rd in runs scored, 2nd in home runs, 3rd in slugging, and OPS with the 2nd fewest strikeouts, The rookie put together a masterpiece in the sixteenth start of his young career.
Bradish lasted through 8 innings, only allowing 2 hits, Kyle Tucker in the fourth and Alex Bregman in the seventh, 2 walks, throwing 67 strikes in 96 pitches striking out 6 batters.
Dillion Tate may have had the biggest moment of the game for the Orioles. In the ninth inning, Houston had 2 batters on base with 2 out when Trey Mancini, who the Orioles traded this season, came up to the plate. The drama was short-lived with Tate striking out Mancini in just 3 pitches for his third save of the year. Mancini was 0-3 in this contest against his former team.
Kyle Bradish is now 2-5 this year with a 5.63 ERA in sixteen starts.
Even With a Struggling Offense, the Baltimore Orioles Still Find a Way to Win
The Baltimore Orioles’ recent struggles on offense continued last night through six innings of baseball.
Cedrick Mullens led off the game with a lead-off single and quickly reached second from a grounder by Orioles up-and-coming star and potential rookie of the year Andy Rutschman but was left stranded.
The Orioles managed to put two runners on base in the second with no outs and still came out of the inning with no runs.
The third inning was the same song and dance for Baltimore, with Mullens and Rutschman both taking walks before the Astros turned a double play and Ryan Mountcastle grounded out to end the inning.
The Orioles rallied in the fourth with two out behind Ramon Urias hitting a single followed by Roughen Odor doubling to left field, but Jorge Mateo grounded out to end the inning.
Finally, in the seventh inning with Kyle Stowers on base after hitting a single, Urias blasted a 389-foot home run that left his bat at 105 mph to break open a scoreless tie.
Urias was 0-7 in his previous series against the Chicago White Sox and had only one home run in his last fifteen games.
Can the Orioles Finish Off the Season Strong and Get into the Postseason
The Houston Astros who are now 81-46 came into this contest with the best record in the American League and AL-best 42-18 at home, winning 27 of their last 28 home games and had won seven in a row at home.
The Baltimore Orioles are fourth in the American League East with a 66-59 record. The Orioles have won 6 out of their last 10 games, including 5 out of their last 7contests. Baltimore has won 15 of their last 23 games and 42 of their last 66 matchups.
Both of these two teams are hot MLB picks this year. The Astros were 28-11 (.718) against the Orioles since 2015 coming into this contest