Orioles host the Cubs in first of 2-game series
Chicago Cubs (23-32, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Baltimore Orioles (23-33, fifth in the AL East)
Baltimore; Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Keegan Thompson (6-0, 1.99 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 38 strikeouts); Orioles: Kyle Bradish (1-3, 6.82 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 35 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cubs -111, Orioles -108; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Baltimore Orioles host the Chicago Cubs to start a two-game series.
Baltimore is 23-33 overall and 14-15 in home games. The Orioles have the ninth-ranked team on-base percentage in the AL at .296.
Chicago has gone 12-12 in road games and 23-32 overall. The Cubs have the ninth-ranked team slugging percentage in the NL at .396.
The matchup Tuesday is the first meeting of the season between the two clubs.
TOP PERFORMERS: Anthony Santander leads the Orioles with nine home runs while slugging .396. Trey Mancini is 13-for-33 with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and seven RBI over the last 10 games.
Ian Happ has 12 doubles, a triple and six home runs for the Cubs. Christopher Morel is 12-for-44 with four doubles and a triple over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Orioles: 4-6, .218 batting average, 4.75 ERA, outscored by seven runs
Cubs: 4-6, .281 batting average, 4.50 ERA, outscored by nine runs
INJURIES: Orioles: Joey Krehbiel: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Alexander Wells: 60-Day IL (elbow), Spenser Watkins: 15-Day IL (elbow), Chris Ellis: 60-Day IL (shoulder), John Means: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Cubs: Alec Mills: 60-Day IL (quadricep), David Bote: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Drew Smyly: 15-Day IL (oblique), Seiya Suzuki: 10-Day IL (finger), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Jonathan Villar: 10-Day IL (mouth), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Yan Gomes: 10-Day IL (oblique), Michael Hermosillo: 10-Day IL (covid), Sean Newcomb: 15-Day IL (ankle), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)