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Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 20,527

Strugglers square off when O's host Mets

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New York Mets at Baltimore Orioles

  1. Baltimore has lost four straight interleague games and is 1-7 against NL teams at home this season, scoring two or fewer runs in five of those defeats. The Orioles did sweep a two-game series from the Mets at Citi Field from June 5-6, however, and have won three straight meetings between the teams after losing nine straight from June 11, 2010-Aug. 18, 2015.
  2. The Mets are 3-1 thus far on an 11-game road trip and followed up Sunday's 4-3 victory over the Marlins with Monday's 8-5 win over the Yankees, hitting a season-high five home runs in the win. The Mets have not won three in a row away from home since June 16-18.
  3. Michael Conforto has homered in back-to-back games and is batting .327 (16-for-49) with four homers and 12 RBI during a 13-game road hitting streak. Conforto has reached base safely in 27 consecutive away games, the longest streak by a Mets player since Curtis Granderson did so in 37 straight from Aug. 8, 2015-May 6, 2016.
  4. Mark Trumbo is batting .368 (14-for-38) with 12 RBI in August and his five home runs this month are tied for second among AL players. He's slashing .343/.378/.886 with six homers and 12 RBI over his last 10 interleague games.
  5. Todd Frazier is 8-for-24 during a six-game hitting streak but is a career .152 hitter (7-for-46) in 12 games at Camden Yards, his lowest average at any American League stadium.
  6. Andrew Cashner has received 3.29 runs of support per nine innings while winning just one of 12 starts since May 26, second to teammate Alex Cobb (2.99) for the lowest run support among AL pitchers over that span (min 60 IP). Cashner is 0-3 with a 7.29 ERA in four career starts against the Mets.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/14/2018 thru 8/15/2018

BALTIMORE -- The New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles have some storied history with each other, having played in the 1969 World Series.

However, both teams have set their sights firmly on the future after struggling throughout much of this season.

Baltimore and New York open a two-game series Tuesday at Camden Yards. The Orioles won both games against the Mets on June 5-6 at Citi Field.

The Orioles have been in last place in the American League East for much of the season and trail the first-place Boston Red Sox by a whopping 49.5 games. The Mets have not fared much better and are mired in fourth place in the National League East, 15.5 games behind the leaders.

Baltimore has already started the youth movement, dealing infielders Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop, right-handers Kevin Gausman, Brad Brach and Darren O'Day and left-handed closer Zach Britton before the non-waiver trade deadline.

The Orioles hope some of their younger players, such as outfielders Cedric Mullins and Trey Mancini, can continue their development as the franchise tries to successfully rebuild.

"Saying goodbye to all those guys was tough," Mancini said. "But like we've been saying, that's how the business works. The year hasn't gone our way, it hasn't gone how we wanted it to. You have to move on. But it was a tough day. Tough to say goodbye to guys that you're really good friends with and see every day."

Andrew Cashner will start the opener for Baltimore, which has lost five straight games and nine of its past 11. In his last start, Cashner allowed three runs (one earned) and four hits in seven innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. He retired 18 of 19 batters after giving two runs in the first inning.

"I think it's very important to know who you are as a pitcher," Cashner said. "Would I like to be a strikeout pitcher? Yes. But I think for me to stay healthy, it's sink the ball on both sides of the plate, change speeds and try to get them out up in the zone."

Cashner has struggled against the Mets in his career, going 0-3 with a 6.18 ERA in nine appearances, including four starts.

The Mets will counter with Jason Vargas (2-8, 8.75 ERA). He has lost his last five decisions. Vargas gave up three runs and three hits in 1/3 inning in his last start against the Cincinnati Reds. There was a two-hour rain delay in the first inning that cut his start short.

Despite the struggles, the Mets remain upbeat about Vargas and that he can be a viable part of their pitching staff.

"I think we all feel confident that Jason, when he gets going and gets on a good schedule, he's going to be competitive," manager Mickey Callaway said. "That's one of the reasons we signed him. I think it's necessary in the fact that we need him to be built up as many innings-wise so he can go out next year and haul a bunch of innings for us."

Vargas is 2-5 with a 2.33 ERA in 10 career starts against Baltimore.

The Mets received some good news about third baseman David Wright, who did not have any setbacks in his first rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie. He has played just 75 games since 2015 after dealing with neck, back and shoulder injuries.

Updated August 13, 2018

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