O's pitchers working quickly, successfully
Baltimore (24-29) at Seattle (25-28), 10:10 p.m. ET
SEATTLE -- Play fast, play well. Baltimore manager Dave Trembley has noticed that his team is playing quicker games of late, partially because of the team's influx of young and hungry pitchers on the starting staff. And if he has his way, Trembley would like to see that trend continue for as long as humanly possible.
"Good pitching sets the table for good defense and the ability to bear down at the plate," said Trembley. "The pace of the game is quicker. Each pitch is important. You stay away from the walks. You stay away from the big innings. The routine plays are made a little more consistently. You get your guys in and out."
The onus will fall on Brad Bergesen on Wednesday, and he'll have the added pressure of pitching for a team in the midst of an offensive funk. Baltimore has scored just six runs in its last four games and has gone 1-3 over that span, a brief span of results that comes right on the heels of a surprising five-game winning streak.
The Orioles broke another streak on Tuesday night, but one of a positive nature. Baltimore's pitchers had thrown four straight quality starts, a trend the team hadn't equaled since early May of last season. Trembley said that it's not a coincidence, that some of the pitchers have been feeding off the guys directly in front of them.
"I really think there's a carryover to that from one game to the next," he said. "We've had a succession of some good starts in a row here, and I think that's correlated very closely with us winning games."
The Orioles will get a chance to win the series on Wednesday, and then they'll continue their road trip with a three-game series against Oakland. So far this season, Baltimore is 8-16 on the road.Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Brad Bergesen (2-2, 4.94 ERA)
Bergesen went eight innings in his last start, the longest outing of his brief big league career. The right-hander has been knocked out before completing five innings just one time in eight starts, but he has allowed at least four earned runs in half of his outings. Bergesen, who was named the team's Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season, is 0-1 with a 5.50 ERA in three road starts. SEA: LHP Jason Vargas (2-0, 1.65 ERA)
Vargas was effective for the fourth straight time as he shut down the Angels to the tune of just two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings on Friday. The win marked his first as a starter since April 13, 2006. He's allowed just five runs in his four starts with four of those runs coming on solo home runs. Vargas has never faced the Orioles in his career. Bird bites
The Orioles are 12-6 in series openers and 3-14 in series finales this season. ... Baltimore has thrown 17 quality starts and has seen its opponents throw 24 through the first third of the season. ... The Orioles are 18-3 when they outhit their opponent and just 3-24 when they get outhit. ... Melvin Mora doubled on Tuesday and has hit safely in six of his last seven games. ... Nolan Reimold snapped a seven-game hitting streak on Tuesday night. ... Adam Jones has hit safely in 28 of his last 34 games, batting .350 (50-for-143) with nine home runs over that span. Tickets
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Friday: Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 4-4, 4.86) at Athletics (Dallas Braden, 4-5, 3.63), 10:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Orioles (Jason Berken, 1-1, 2.25) at Athletics (Trevor Cahill, 2-5, 4.33), 9:05 p.m. ET
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.