Tuesday, June 21, 2016

O's Wilson, SD's Perdomo out to build on success

Coming off their best starts of the season, the Padres' Luis Perdomo and the Orioles' Tyler Wilson will look to continue that progress Tuesday as the righties match up in the opener of a two-game Interleague series at Camden Yards.
Perdomo, a Rule 5 Draft pick who struggled to start the season, has found success with his mid-90s sinker. The pitch has helped him generate a 55.8 percent ground-ball rate -- more than 10 percent higher than the league average of 45.2 percent.
Perdomo's most recent outing was against the Marlins, where he allowed three earned runs over six innings and recorded his first Major League win as a starter.
Wilson is coming off of the longest -- and perhaps most impressive -- start of his young career, when he shut out the Red Sox over eight innings and recorded a career-high six strikeouts. In that game, he retired 10 consecutive batters and will look to replicate that performance.
Things to know about this game
• O's slugger Chris Davis has been the Majors' best hitter on the first pitch this season. Entering play Sunday, Davis had a 1.357 slugging percentage on first pitches, which was more than twice the league average (.600).
• The Padres' Wil Myers is one of the hottest hitters this month, and led the league in June homers and RBIs entering play Sunday. Through his first 17 June games, Myers hit .373/.421/.896 with nine home runs and nine multihit games.
• The Padres as a whole have been excelling with the bats this month, scoring 91 runs entering Sunday, which was tied with the Reds for fifth in the Majors during that period.

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