What's it like to root for a good baseball team? Last night's game had me pondering the question. I just don't know what it's like to expect a good outcome rather than the dream-destroying walk-off home run served up last night. Had the Orioles actually managed to win the game, they would have no longer been in last place, but instead they lost, because Toronto is the Birdland kryptonite, which takes that desolate part of your soul that's been rendered empty by thirteen straight losing seasons and rips it open so all that bleak reality runs amok.
The starting matchup for tonight is a repeat of the pitchers from June 4, a game in Baltimore that the Orioles won 5-3 thanks to a Mark Reynolds grand slam. In that game, Ricky Romero gave up 5 earned runs over 7.2 IP, and Jake Arrieta went six innings, giving up five hits, walking four and striking out only one, but surrendering only three ER. So that goes to show that the O's can beat Romero, unless you think that in winning that game they used up all their luck.
Speaking of luck, Arrieta gets the fourth-most run support in baseball, which probably explains his 8-3 W-L record in spite of a 4.48 ERA. Romero, by the way, is sporting a 5-6 with a 3.18 ERA. Justice and baseball don't often intersect, which O's fans know quite well.
What kind of disaster will befall the Orioles on that carpeted floor tonight? Jose Bautista feels like he's overdue for a home run outburst. Or maybe it will be Adam Lind for another day. Save us, J.J. Hardy, because it seems no one else will.