Dodgers @ Orioles September 10, 2019: Buehler for the clinch at Camden Yards

The Dodgers (93-52) commence their final East Coast road trip of the regular season on Tuesday when they take on the Orioles (46-97) for a three-game series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. With a magic number of 1, the Dodgers look to clinch their 7th straight NL West title in Baltimore. I hope they have their champagne goggles ready.

Dodgers
Orioles
4:05 p.m.
Baltimore
LF
Pollock
SS
Villar
1B
Freese
1B
Mancini
3B
Taylor
LF
Santander
CF
Bellinger
DH
Nuñez
RF
Hernández
3B
Ruiz
SS
Seager
2B
Alberto
C
Smith
CF
Williams
DH
Pederson RF Stewart
2B
Lux
C
Sisco
P
Buehler (R)
P
Blach (L)

Walker Buehler (12-3, 3.28 ERA, 2.96 FIP) was roughed up by the Rockies in his last start. He allowed six runs on eight hits including two home runs in five innings. Buehler still got the win thanks to the Dodgers’ bats in the 16-9 wild ride.

Buehler’s been much more effective at home (2.64 ERA) than on the road (4.01 ERA). This will be his first career start vs. Baltimore. He’s 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 1.061 WHIP in five career interleague starts.

Ty Blach (1-2, 10.95 ERA, 6.49 FIP) was selected off waivers from the Giants by the Orioles on August 3. He’s no stranger to the Dodgers. We all remember him shutting out the Dodgers for five innings in 2018 on Opening Day. Overall, the left-hander is 4-2 with a 2.82 ERA and 1.203 WHIP in 13 career games (seven starts) against the Dodgers.

The Dodgers clobbered Blach back on April 30 when he was still with the Giants. He allowed seven runs on seven hits including two homers in 3.1 innings. A.J. Pollock is 3-for-8 (.375) with a double and a home run vs. Blach. Pollock leads off in the series opener. Chris Taylor, Enrique Hernandez and Justin Turner have all homered against him as well.

Blach may have a 10.95 ERA this season, but for some reason he turns into “Cy” Blach when he faces the Dodgers.

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The Dodgers recalled Edwin Rios from Triple-A Oklahoma City today.

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The Orioles have had a abysmal season, and they’re coming into the series having lost five straight. At home, they’re 22-50. Their misery at Camden Yards may continue when they have to watch the Dodgers celebrate a division title at their park.

There’s always better #Content when the Dodgers celebrate at home, and for the first time in seven seasons Yasiel Puig won’t be there to partake in the festivities for our entertainment. Nevertheless, a NL West division clinch on September 10 is a lot less stressful than a clinch after a Game 163.

We all remember Buehler’s reaction when they clinched last year.

Here’s to more Buehler f-bombs tonight.

About Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler
Stacie Wheeler, born and raised in So Cal, has been writing about the Dodgers since 2010. She wrote daily as the co-editor of Lasorda's Lair for five long years, and she has also written for Dodgers Nation, Dodger Blue 1958 and The Hardball Times. She currently contributes to True Blue LA. Stacie graduated from the University Of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Cinema-Television. You can also watch her videos on her YouTube channel, DishingUpTheDodgers.