Orioles Scratch Jordan Lyles, Announce Replacement Starter Sunday vs Rays
A .433 record may not seem all that exciting, but it does put the Baltimore Orioles on pace for their best win percentage since 2017, and this season has been more fun than most in recent memory for O's fans. The AL East is arguably the best division in baseball, with four teams over .500, but Baltimore has clearly relished playing the role of spoiler as an underdog against their division rivals.
That's the plan for Sunday as they look to take a 2-1 series win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
The plan has hit a bump in the road, however, with a last-minute starting pitcher change.
There's been no word yet on why Lyles has been scratched, but generally this would either be injury or transaction related.
It may seem like a relief to not have Lyles on the bump, as he's sporting a 5.10 ERA on the season and his career-average mark of 5.20 doesn't give much hope for a turnaround. Austin Voth hasn't inspired much more confidence though, with an absurd 9.43 ERA on the season after posting marks of 5.34 and 6.34 over the last two years.
Despite the last-minute pitching change, Orioles fans still have some room for optimism this afternoon. Baltimore is sitting as only a slight +122 underdog against Corey Kluber and the Rays according to the latest MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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