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Baltimore Orioles vs. St. Louis Cardinals Pick & Prediction MAY 12TH 2022

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Logo Baltimore Orioles
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Logo St. Louis Cardinals
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OPENNER
-205

8o -117
CURRENT
-1.5 +100

+183
MONEYLINE
-195

3
SCORE
2

The St. Louis Cardinals will continue Jordan Hicks' transition from the bullpen to the rotation when they host the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

The contest will be the finale of a three-game interleague series. The Orioles won 5-3 on Tuesday, their third victory in a row, before the Cardinals answered with a 10-1 win on Wednesday to snap their three-game losing streak.

After throwing a total of four scoreless innings in two relief outings to open the season, the right-handed Hicks (1-2, 3.78 ERA) has a 4.97 ERA in four starts.

In his past two outings, Hicks has lasted just 3 1/3 and 4 1/3 innings. While the Cardinals won both games, Hicks yielded a combined four runs on five hits and four walks while not factoring in either decision.

Hicks totaled 20 saves and 27 holds during the 2018 and 2019 seasons while relying heavily on his 100 mph fastball. He underwent Tommy John surgery in June 2019, opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and had his 2021 season end in early May due to an elbow ailment.

Since returning at the start of this year, he has tried to expand his pitch repertoire as a starter.

"The curveball is going to be 78-80 mph," Hicks said. "I don't see that going lower. Slider is about 81-85. The change is going to be 90-93. And then the fastball (at 100). I really like everything else that happened. Stick with that, get ahead in the count, and that's important for me."

Hicks is set to oppose the Orioles for the first time in his career.

The Cardinals have had rookie Brendan Donovan filling in at shortstop the past two games after sending slumping Paul DeJong to Triple-A Memphis to work on his swing.

"I feel good over there," Donovan said. "Being a utility guy, you've just to continue to hammer reps everywhere. That's what I'm going to do."

Shortstop Edmundo Sosa could be back from his rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Springfield in time to play on Thursday, but Donovan has built a .937 on-base-plus-slugging percentage through 18 at-bats for St. Louis. Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol was undecided after Wednesday night's game on his Thursday starter at shortstop.

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he wouldn't announce his starting pitcher for the series finale until Thursday morning. The team considered calling a player up from the minors for the game, but Baltimore may opt for a bullpen game instead.

Ryan Mountcastle was slated to fill Baltimore's designated hitter role on Wednesday, but he was a late scratch due to left-wrist soreness. He is considered day-to-day.

"Mounty's been dealing with a sore wrist the last few days, just kind of battling through it," Hyde said. "Woke up with it a little bit more sore (Wednesday), so out of precaution took him out of the lineup. Trying to get that to feel better, and hopefully he's ready in the next day or two."

Orioles shortstop Ramon Urias missed a second straight game because of abdominal discomfort. If he can't return on Thursday, then Chris Owings or Jorge Mateo could start in his place.

"You play a six-month season, you feel like when somebody gets banged up, it's a domino effect a little bit where all of a sudden you get two or three guys," Hyde said. "We've been really fortunate so far, and right now we're a little bit nicked up, got some bumps and bruises."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Baltimore Orioles
3
6
St. Louis Cardinals

Baltimore Orioles vs. St. Louis Cardinals Recap MAY 12TH 2022

Jorge Mateo and Anthony Bemboom hit solo homers as the visiting Baltimore Orioles edged the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Thursday.

The Orioles used a succession of relievers to win for the sixth time in their last eight games. Bryan Baker worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings to open the game, then Keegan Akin (1-0) followed by shutting out the Cardinals for 2 2/3 innings to earn the victory.

Felix Bautista, the sixth Orioles pitcher, got the final four outs to earn his second save in as many days.

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol shuffled his starting rotation, moving Steven Matz up one day in a switch with scheduled starter Jordan Hicks.

Matz (3-3) lasted 6 2/3 innings while allowing three runs on seven hits. He struck out seven batters and walked nobody as the Cardinals lost for the fourth time in five games.

The Orioles struck first when Mateo's homer put them up 1-0 in the second inning.

The Cardinals loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Tyler O'Neill struck out in three pitches to strand the runners.

Nolan Arenado hit a two-out double in the sixth inning, but this Cardinals scoring opportunity died when Juan Yepez grounded out.

The Orioles expanded their lead to 3-0 in the seventh inning. After Bemboom hit his homer, Chris Owings hit a single. After Genesis Cabrera relieved Matz, Owings stole second base and scored on Cedric Mullins' RBI single.

Dylan Carlson cut the lead to 3-1 with his homer off of Cionel Perez in the bottom of the inning.

Brendan Donovan drew a leadoff walk Joey Krehbiel in the eighth. After Tommy Edman hit into a forceout, Paul Goldschmidt lined a hit-and-run single that extended his on-base streak to 19 games.

Arenado's sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 3-2. Goldschmidt stole second base and took third on a throwing error -- but Bautista got Yepez to fly out to end the inning.

--Field Level Media

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