Orioles play the Cubs in first of 3-game series

Orioles play the Cubs in first of 3-game series
By The Associated Press
Jul. 09, 2024 | BALTIMORE
By The Associated Press Jul. 09, 2024 | 07:10 AM | BALTIMORE

The Baltimore Orioles start a three-game series at home against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.


Chicago Cubs (42-49, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Baltimore Orioles (57-33, first in the AL East)

Baltimore; Tuesday, 6:35 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Jameson Taillon (5-4, 2.99 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 65 strikeouts); Orioles: Dean Kremer (4-4, 3.93 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 57 strikeouts)

BETMGM SPORTSBOOK: LINE Orioles -150, Cubs +126; over/under is 9 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Baltimore Orioles host the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday to begin a three-game series.

Baltimore has a 57-33 record overall and a 29-17 record in home games. The Orioles have a 46-13 record in games when they record at least eight hits.

Chicago has gone 17-28 in road games and 42-49 overall. The Cubs have gone 31-18 in games when they record eight or more hits.

The teams meet Tuesday for the first time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Adley Rutschman has 12 doubles, 16 home runs and 59 RBI while hitting .284 for the Orioles. Gunnar Henderson is 14-for-42 with two doubles, a triple and a home run over the past 10 games.

Ian Happ has 20 doubles, a triple and 13 home runs while hitting .241 for the Cubs. Seiya Suzuki is 8-for-38 with a double, a triple and three home runs over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Orioles: 7-3, .263 batting average, 5.11 ERA, outscored by four runs

Cubs: 5-5, .219 batting average, 3.44 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs

INJURIES: Orioles: Tyler Wells: 60-Day IL (elbow), Kyle Bradish: 15-Day IL (ucl sprain), John Means: 60-Day IL (elbow), Danny Coulombe: 15-Day IL (elbow), Felix Bautista: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Cubs: Colten Brewer: 60-Day IL (hand), Kyle Hendricks: day-to-day (back), Keegan Thompson: 15-Day IL (rib), Yency Almonte: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Javier Assad: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Mark Leiter Jr.: 15-Day IL (forearm), Mike Tauchman: 10-Day IL (groin), Jordan Wicks: 15-Day IL (oblique), Ben Brown: 15-Day IL (neck), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (forearm), Daniel Palencia: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Julian Merryweather: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Caleb Kilian: 60-Day IL (shoulder)