I know some of you will say this isn't must win, because there are still games left blah blah, but even if that's true, this is about as close as it gets. The Orioles need to go on a tear, and soon. Two more games against the Rays, three against the A's, then three against the Red Sox and they need to win most of them to have postseason hopes.
If the Orioles can hit tonight like they did last night, I believe they will win. You don't just strand that many guys two days in a row. If they can hit tonight like they did last night, though, is far from certain. Perhaps you've heard of this Alex Cobb? Yeah, he's pretty good. But Miguel Gonzalez is no slouch, so if he can hold down the Rays offense and be just a touch more in control than Tillman was last night, they could have a shot.
Let's go O's!
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Nate McLouth (L) LF||Desmond Jennings (R) CF|
|Manny Machado (R) 3B||Ben Zobrist (S) 2B|
|Chris Davis (L) 1B||Evan Longoria (R) 3B|
|Adam Jones (R) CF||Matt Joyce (L) LF|
|Nick Markakis (L) RF||Wil Myers (R) RF|
|Matt Wieters (S) C||James Loney (L) 1B|
|J.J. Hardy (R) SS||Yunel Escobar (R) SS|
|Ryan Flaherty (L) 2B||Jose Molina (R) C|
|Brian Roberts (S) DH||Kelly Johnson (L) DH|