For a second straight night, the Orioles lineup will feature Steve Pearce, Jason Pridie, and Jonathan Schoop. What the heck, why not? The O's had gone 21 games in a row without scoring more than five runs. They finally snapped that on Wednesday night. Now... I don't know. Whatever. It's just not as fun this year.
Schoop's inclusion is a reason to be excited, just in the sense that he may be contributing to next year's team, so getting a first glimpse of him, especially after a great debut, is exciting. Schoop will get to face Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle tonight. Buehrle has faced 12,005 batters in his MLB career. Schoop has four plate appearances.
I always find Buehrle to be impressive for this reason: he has pitched 200+ innings every season starting in 2001. That streak will not be broken this year. He has 200.1 innings headed into tonight. I wonder what it would be like if the Orioles had a pitcher like that.
It's Miguel Gonzalez starting for the O's against a diminished Toronto lineup that has been lacking both Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista. What will Gonzalez show us in his final start of the season? It's been a rougher road for Gonzalez this year compared to last, but he's still coming in with an ERA under 4 - which could change with a bad game tonight, but hey.
It's the shaving cream pie face t-shirt giveaway Thursday night. Perhaps the Orioles will have an occasion to dole out a shaving cream pie to a player after the game.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Brian Roberts (S) - DH||Jose Reyes (S) - SS|
|Nick Markakis (L) - RF||Munenori Kawasaki (L) - DH|
|Danny Valencia (R) - 3B||Brett Lawrie (R) - 3B|
|Adam Jones (R) - CF||Moises Sierra (R) - RF|
|Matt Wieters (S) - C||Anthony Gose (L) - CF|
|J.J. Hardy (R) - SS||J.P. Arencibia (R) - C|
|Steve Pearce (R) - 1B||Ryan Langerhans (L) - 1B|
|Jason Pridie (L) - LF||Ryan Goins (L) - 2B|
|Jonathan Schoop (R) - 2B||Kevin Pillar (R) - LF|