There was a time this season that the Houston Astros might be a good sign for a struggling pitcher to see coming their direction. In fact in a month or so that might be true once again but right now the Astros are hot and that might work against Baltimore Orioles starter Chris Tillman. Tillman has struggled a bit of late, giving up 12 runs over 15.2 innings in his last three starts. As he strives to get back on track, he’ll face the hottest team in Major League Baseball.
One positive for him going in is that the Astros still aren’t killing the ball each and every time out. It is possible for him to look forward to parts of this line-up as he tries to focus on getting his mechanics and pitches back to where they need to be. The best news for Tillman is the same for any Orioles starter. He has one of the more potent line-ups in the majors backing him up. Even if he did give up a few runs he might be able to notch a W and build on the positives.
Having said that it bears mentioning that Lucas Harrell is going for the Astros and that won’t make the O’s offense very happy. Still in Tillman’s situation he has a few positives to take him into the game. I think it will either go strong one way or the other. He’ll either give up five or more runs or limit the Astros to under three. In that case we could be looking at a pitcher’s duel to decide the fate of Tillman’s off streak and the Astros winning streak.