The Baltimore Orioles are in a tie for first in the AL East despite losing eight of 11 games. The Philadelphia Phillies are last in the NL East as losers of six straight.
It's hard to envision either team getting a well-pitched game from one of the struggling right-handers that will be on the mound Friday night for this series opener at Camden Yards.
Baltimore (32-25) fell 7-0 at Boston on Thursday, missing a chance at a three-game sweep. The Orioles have scored more than three runs just three times in their last 11 games.
Philadelphia (28-31) is enduring its longest losing streak of the season. The Phillies seemed eager to start a nine-game trip after ending a seven-game homestand with Thursday's 8-3 loss to the Dodgers.
"We don't scare (anybody)," manager Charlie Manuel said.
It's tough to determine a favorite in this matchup between Philadelphia's Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.27 ERA) and Baltimore's Jake Arrieta (2-7, 5.53). Only one pitcher in the majors has a higher ERA since May 1...