Game 136: Orioles (76-59) @ Blue Jays (60-75), 7:07pm

The SBN auto-tagger still doesn't recognize Miguel Gonzalez's existence, but that doesn't matter. Orioles fans know who he is. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Loading Scores

As exciting as last night was - and boy, it was exciting - there's a lot of baseball left to be played. Tied for first place on September 4th is like finding an oasis in the desert for Orioles fans, but you don't want to live in that oasis forever. You've got to slog back through the desert to get to the end of the journey.

That tie may not last the night. The Yankees best starting pitcher, Hiroki Kuroda, is pitching in Tampa Bay, and the O's themselves will be facing a pretty good starting pitcher in Brandon Morrow, who's thrown three complete game shutouts this year. That's nothing to sneeze at. Neither is a 2.93 ERA or a .209 batting average against, nor a 1.06 WHIP. And perhaps the offense used up its run allotment for the series last night. Do the Blue Jays have the resilience to rally behind their best pitcher and come out swinging for pride? They certainly seemed to have checked out of last night's game, with MASN play-by-play man Gary Thorne musing philosophically on human nature as he observed, "The Blue Jays ... are done."

It's up to Miguel Gonzalez to do the best he can to keep the game close as they face Morrow. If you watched him on August 31 as he blanked New York for seven innings in the Bronx and struck out nine batters, you might feel pretty good about his chances. I'm tempted to say I feel pretty good about his chances, which still sounds crazy to me - but then, crazy is the order of the day. It's September, and the Orioles, these Orioles, are tied for first place. We are 14 wins away from dan o'hare-ville, with 27 games to play. That's a 14-13 record that's all that stands between us and the crowning of the true prophet of our time. It's not a guarantee, but it sure looks a heck of a lot more possible than I believed it did in April.

The journey continues tonight. In the distance those Yankees loom once more - a four-game series that is on its way to being sell-out territory. That's in Baltimore, no less. There can be no looking past this game tonight, however. With the upcoming Yankee invasion, it's all the more important to get the win against a gravy team, if possible. Pulling off the sweep in another city is always difficult, even when the team is bad.

Yesterday's key stat is still in effect. In their last 37 games the Orioles have 20 quality starts. They are 18-2 in those games. There is the key to every game, it seems. Solid effort from your own starter, get into the bullpen against the other starter. Morrow may not be the easiest to do this against. Perhaps the O's will find a way, and perhaps there will be another reason to celebrate tonight.



X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Camden Chat

You must be a member of Camden Chat to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Camden Chat. You should read them.

Join Camden Chat

You must be a member of Camden Chat to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Camden Chat. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker