Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi Cubs0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 382
Baltimore0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 261
  W: A. Sampson (1-3)   L: S. Watkins (4-3)   S: B. Hughes (1)
12:05 PM PT1:05 PM MT2:05 PM CT3:05 PM ET15:05 ET19:05 GMT3:05 12:05 PM MST2:05 PM EST2:35 PM VEN23:05 UAE1:05 PM CT, August 18, 2022
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 19,454

Orioles look to open homestand with win vs. Cubs

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago Cubs at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The Cubs rank second in the majors behind the Dodgers with a 2.69 ERA since July 16. They've dropped five straight road games against AL opponents and are 10-26 in interleague play over the last two seasons.
  2. Cubs 2B Nick Madrigal is batting .313/.421/.375 with six runs scored in 10 games since coming off the injured list on Aug. 2. Since debuting in 2020, he ranks seventh in the major leagues (minimum 150 plate appearances) with a .331 batting average in day games.
  3. DH Franmil Reyes has hit safely in all seven games since the Cubs claimed him off waivers, posting a .367/.367/.733 slash line with two homers, a triple, three doubles and five RBI. He's 6-for-18 (.333) with three homers and four RBI in four career games against Baltimore.
  4. The Orioles face the Cubs in a makeup game at Camden Yards, where they have an American League-leading .800 winning percentage (16-4) since June 22. They swept a two-game set at Wrigley Field last month and have won the last three meetings after losing six straight.
  5. Orioles RHP Spenser Watkins made his first relief appearance of the season his last time out. Since allowing three earned runs over 22.2 IP in four starts from June 25-July 13, he has a 5.03 ERA in four games, including three starts. The right-hander also has a 6.88 ERA in four interleague starts this season.
  6. Orioles OF Cedric Mullins has a .309/.339/.527 slash line, three homers, six RBI and three stolen bases in 14 games in August. It's his highest monthly average since batting a career-best .313 in July 2021.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/18/2022 thru 8/18/2022

It's not a large sample size for these interleague opponents, but the Baltimore Orioles have pretty much had their way with the Chicago Cubs this season.

Now there's a final meeting between the teams set for Thursday afternoon in Baltimore.

This Chicago team is carrying a different vibe now than earlier in the season. The Cubs have won five of their last seven games, with a newcomer making a big impact.

It will be a one-game stop for the Cubs, who are making up a postponed June 8 game that was rescheduled a day after Baltimore battered the Cubs 9-3 to begin what was supposed to be a two-game set.

Then the Orioles won twice last month in Chicago by a combined score of 11-3, so they've outscored the Cubs 20-6 in three meetings.

This begins what will be a seven-game homestand for the Orioles, who have a day off Monday.

More so than the Cubs, it's the Orioles who've made a bigger splash overall by moving into the American League wild card dialogue. Nowadays, defeats often seem a bit awkward.

The Orioles suffered a 6-1 loss Wednesday afternoon at Toronto, failing to complete a three-game series sweep. Meanwhile, the Cubs took a 3-2 decision at Washington.

The Orioles broke up a perfect game with Cedric Mullins' base hit in the seventh inning. It was the first of just four Baltimore singles.

Orioles relievers were responsible for all six Toronto runs.

"It's going to happen," Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said of a rare rough outing for his relievers. "Our bullpen has done extremely well. We pitched so well this series, and happy with how we played. We got out of here with a series win."

Orioles starter Austin Voth went six shutout innings, perhaps a good omen for Baltimore's pitching staff going into a date that otherwise would have been a day off Thursday.

"That was big for us," Hyde said.

Baltimore's pitchers will have to deal with Cubs newcomer Franmil Reyes, who has six extra-base hits among his 11 hits since joining Chicago last week.

"The way they treat me here, the way they let me play, they let me be me," he said. "It's special to be here."

Reyes, who wasn't with the Cubs for the previous matchups with Baltimore, said he has skyrocketing confidence with his new team. He has at least one hit in all seven games with Chicago.

"Everybody knows me and knows -- when I'm good -- what I can do," Reyes said. "I just control picking my pitch, doing damage and taking advantage of what the game is giving me."

Right-hander Spenser Watkins (4-2, 4.23 ERA) will be Baltimore's starter. He controlled the Cubs by allowing just one run on four hits in five innings to notch a victory July 13 at Chicago. That marks the only time he has faced the Cubs.

Watkins' last appearance was in relief, when he gave up three runs in three innings in the Orioles' loss Saturday at Tampa Bay.

The Cubs will use right-hander Adrian Sampson (0-3, 3.88) as their starting pitcher. He was the losing pitcher July 12 at home when the Orioles beat Chicago as he gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings. That was his only decision in two career matchups with Baltimore.

Since then, Sampson has made five appearances, including his two longest outings of the season with seven innings against Pittsburgh and six innings against Miami.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 17, 2022