The Baltimore Orioles open a two-game interleague series on the road Tuesday against the Washington. Baltimore is 73-67 following its 1-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. The Orioles were beaten by the Red Sox in two of three meetings over the weekend. Baltimore is fourth in the American League East 11 ½ games behind first place and the Orioles are also fourth in the AL wildcard chase, 5 ½ games behind the third and final spot.
Center fielder Cedric Mullins is batting .265 to lead Baltimore and has a team-high 140 hits. Right fielder Anthony Santander is the leader in home runs with 27, RBIs with 79 and on-base percentage at .332. On Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles will send Dean Kremer to the mound. The right-hander is 6-5 with a 3.23 ERA, 71 Ks and 21 BBs.
Washington dropped to 49-92 following its 7-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. The Nationals were swept in their three-game series against Philadelphia and Washington has lost five of the last six. The Nationals are last in the National League East, 40 games behind first place and out of playoff contention.
Left fielder Lane Thomas is batting .255 to lead Washington and has a team high 16 home runs. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz is the leader in RBIs with 64 and on-base percentage at .314, while second baseman Cesar Hernandez is the leader in hits with 130. On Tuesday, the Washington Nationals will send Paolo Espino to the mound. The right-hander is 0-7 with a 4.24 ERA, 80 Ks and 20 BBs.