The Orioles are on a four-game win streak, their longest of the season. If they win tonight and extend the streak to five, it will be their first time doing so since July 2013 when they won five straight against the Blue Jays, Rangers, and Royals (that happens to be their last four-game win streak as well). With nearly all of the Astros being below-average hitters, fate could be lining things up for the win streak. Or it could mean that not only will the Orioles lose, they'll lose and we'll be more annoyed than usual because nearly all of the Astros are below-average hitters.
Let's go O's! I'll be happy as long as they get a win, but if they're taking requests I'd suggest they score about 10 runs and make it stress free for once.
When/Where to Watch
Time/location: 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
TV: MASN (BAL), CSN (HOU)
Radio: WBAL1090 (BAL), KBME790 (HOU), KLAT1010 (HOU - SP)
Colin McHugh is tonight's starter for the Astros, and he's the kind of player that is easy to root for (when they're not playing the Orioles). McHugh, who will turn 27 in a month, was drafted in the 18th round in 2008 and has spent most of his career in the minor leagues. He made a handful of bad appearances in 2012 and 2013, and started the 2014 season at AAA. Since being called up on April 22nd, McHugh has made three starts with a 2.79 ERA. His BB/9 is under two, and his K/9 is almost 11. His first two starts brilliant, but in his third he got knocked around and left after four innings and five runs allowed. Was that third start him coming back to reality, or an aberration? For the Orioles sake I hope it's the former.
For the Orioles, it's Miguel Gonzalez, who can certainly relate to McHugh's plight of toiling in the minors. Gonzalez's 2014 has been a disappointment so far, with a few passable starts mixed in with a few disasters. He has typically had trouble once he gets to the second and third times through the order, which is disappointing. Hopefully today he'll be able to buck that trend.
We normally list the numbers for each player in the lineup against the starting pitcher here, but no Oriole has ever seen McHugh and none of the Astros have double digit at-bats against Gonzalez. I will point out that despite Jason Castro has owned Miguel Gonzalez over a super small sample size, going 4-for-5 with three doubles, a grand slam, and an intentional walk.
|HOUSTON ASTROS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Jose Altuve - 2B||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Dexter Fowler - CF||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Jason Castro - C||Nelson Cruz - LF|
|Matt Dominguez - 3B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Alex Presley - LF||Matt Wieters - DH|
|George Springer - RF||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Chris Carter - DH||Steve Clevenger - C|
|Marc Krauss - 1B||Steve Pearce - 1B|
|Jonathan Villar - SS||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Collin McHugh - RHP||Miguel Gonzalez - RHP|
Temps will be in the 70s during the game, but it will be humid and there is a chance for thunderstorms late in the evening (9 p.m. or later).