1. Can both pitching staffs keep the ball in the stadium?
The Reds have the sixth-most home runs in baseball with 17, and yes the Orioles are ahead of them with 18.
The Orioles’ pitching has allowed the fewest home runs so far in baseball, seven. The starting rotation has allowed four long balls, while the bullpen has given up three.
The Reds have hit nine of their home runs at home, while the Orioles have hit 13 of theirs on the road.
Add in the fact that Great American Ballpark is a hitter’s park, and it puts a premium on keeping the ball in play.
The Reds projected starting lineup doesn’t bring a lot of power:
Only Votto and Duvall are power hitters in this lineup, although both Peraza and Suarez has some pop as well.
The Orioles’ lineup, however, has power from top to bottom. The runs the next three games could come in bunches for the Orioles.