A baseball game is scheduled for tonight, but there is a tornado watch in effect in Baltimore until 10pm, with one tornado reported in eastern Baltimore County and a waterspout sighted in the Inner Harbor area. You never know with weather. Reporters expect if there is a rainout tonight, the Orioles and Angels would play a doubleheader tomorrow.
If there is a game, the pitching matchup would be Freddy Garcia versus Jered Weaver, which sounds like a recipe for disaster, though Garcia's first start of the season came against this Angels team, in which he pitched 6.2 innings and gave up only two earned runs. You may even recall that he threw six no-hit innings before giving up hits and runs. I'm still not quite sure how it happened either.
Weaver has only made four starts so far this season, two since returning from the disabled list at the end of May. He's thrown 12 innings since returning and given up only two earned runs, with twelve strikeouts to only one walk in those two games. That's not the kind of thing you want to see for an O's lineup that, yesterday notwithstanding, has been mostly flat in recent games.
Another thing you don't want to see is the collective .184/.200/.309 that O's hitters have managed against Weaver in 141 career plate appearances.
The disappointing Angels are a team to beat. How IS that team nine games below .500? They won eight in a row not too long ago, and they were still below .500 after winning those games. We know this feeling because we've been there - well, not so much the winning eight games in a row, but the still being under .500 even if the team had a long winning streak.
How much will Garcia sweat on a humid night with temperatures in the upper-70s? How many jokes will all of the reporters make about how the rain is just Garcia sweating? I suppose it'll be hard to tell the difference, if he's pitching through light rain, if there is a game. The hourly forecast changes hourly. Funny how that works.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM|
|Nate McLouth - LF||Mike Trout - LF|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Josh Hamilton - RF|
|Nick Markakis - RF||Albert Pujols - DH|
|Adam Jones - CF||Mark Trumbo - 1B|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Howie Kendrick - 2B|
|Matt Wieters - C||Alberto Callaspo - 3B|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Erick Aybar - SS|
|Chris Dickerson - DH||Chris Iannetta - C|
|Ryan Flaherty - 2B||Peter Bourjos - CF|