The Orioles have officially been eliminated from playoff contention and they are on a six-game losing streak. Will they win one more to clinch a winning season? The odds are in their favor but they're not playing like a team interested in getting win #82.
That is an eliminated-from-the-postseason lineup if ever I saw one. Team Steve makes up two-ninths of the lineup and Jason Pridie will be making his Orioles debut, and Jonathan Schoop will be making his major-league debut. That's kind of exciting! Adam Jones and Matt Wieters are given the day off, but don't worry! Nick Markakis is in the three-hole.
Bud Norris is on the mound for the Orioles. When last we saw Bud he was giving up the losing run in that eighteen-inning game down in Tampa Bay. Poor Bud has had to come in to pitch in relief twice in those situations. He hasn't made a start since September 8th against the White Sox, so who knows what we'll get from him tonight.
Esmil Rogers will pitch for the Blue Jays. He's been mostly a relief pitcher this season and has faced the Orioles four times, one of which was a start. He's just the kind of guy a losing team sends out there at the end of the year. You know, not really good enough to always be a starting pitcher, but decent enough once you've stopped caring.