Game 54: Orioles (26-27) @ Astros (24-32), 4:10

Scott Halleran

Two teams on opposite paths. Chris Tillman is on the hill to stop the bleeding. Houston counters the the white hot southpaw Dallas Keuchal to push their win streak to eight games. What universe are we in?

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This is like the good old days. The O's stink and are officially below .500 again. This has the feel of a team that should have Chris Singleton patroling centerfield; not a two time Gold Glove winnner. Tony Batista seems more fit to be lumbering around the hot corner these days; not the young, strapping, second-coming of Alex Rodriguez. I expect B.J. Ryan to trot in from the bullpen in the ninth inning rather than the new and improved southpaw they now have.

It all seems like a mirage that a team so talented could be struggling as much as they have been, but this is where they stand. They are four-and-a-half games back of first place two months into the season. It's a time where headlines shift. The rumors of getting reinforcements may soon fade away and make room more depressing sights like "possible suitors for J.J. Hardy".

The Orioles need Chris Tillman to do his best impression of an ace tonight and return this team back to .500. To do so he will face stud pitcher Dallas Keuchal. For a more complete break down, check out the game preview.

Lineups

Baltimore Orioles Houston Astros
1. RF Nick Markakis (L) 1. 2B Jose Altuve (R)
2. LF Steve Pearce (R) 2. RF George Springer (R)
3. DH Nelson Cruz (R) 3. CF Dexter Fowler (S)
4. CF Adam Jones (R) 4. C Jason Castro (L)
5. 1B Chris Davis (L) 5. 3B Matt Dominguez (R)
6. SS J.J. Hardy (R) 6. 1B Marc Krauss (L)
7. 3B Manny Machado (R) 7. DH Alex Presley (L)
8. 2B Jonathan Schoop (R) 8. LF Robbie Grossman (S)
9. C Caleb Joseph (R) 9. SS Marwin Gonzalez (S)
RHP Chris Tillman LHP Dallas Keuchal
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