The Orioles Must Deliver in Kansas City

Scott Feldman has been at the top of his game when playing against the Royals, with a 2.41 ERA over the course of his three meetings against the Royals. That's not the only good news coming from the pitching front after three dominant pitching performances in Texas. The Orioles have absolutely wrecked tonight's starter in the past: Wade Davis, who's 3-4 against the Orioles with a 5.55 ERA.

And he hasn't seen bats like these when they're hot. Tonight's outlook is decidedly optimistic, yet the pressure should still be on. In the last number of meetings, the Orioles and Royals have traded blows, and there hasn't been a clear victor. Oh, and the Red Sox and Rays begin a four-game set, which could potentially shake up the AL East, where the Orioles are 2 games behind Tampa Bay and 3.5 behind Boston.

That said, it won't be an easy series. The Royals are bringing out Bruce Chen on June 25th, who boasts a 2.04 ERA against Jason Hammel who has a weak 5.76 ERA.

Well, hopefully Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman rubbed off some good luck on Jason Hammel after their strong showings in Arlington.

So, let's break this down: if the Orioles sweep the Royals in four games, they will be at 60-43. The Birds could be a single game behind the Red Sox if they lose 3 to Tampa Bay.

What happens if their series splits, and the Orioles sweep?

The Orioles and Rays are tied for second. The story is the same if Tampa loses three and the Birds take the series (3-1) against the Royals.

But, if the Jays taught us anything over the past few days, it's this: you can't count on your AL East competitors to do you any favors. We should simply expect a split-series from the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays while focusing on defeating the Royals. It is essential for the Orioles to carry their strong performance from the Lone Star State to the Show Me State if they want to be found perched atop the Eastern division.

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