Back in Baltimore with a three-game winning streak on the line. What will the Orioles do with it? Don't answer that. You will either be sadly right or setting yourself up for disappointment later. They'll be facing former Orioles Scott Feldman and a punchless Astros lineup. There is absolutely no reason why they should lose the game. Therefore, there is every reason why they will lose the game.
You can check out some more notes on the pitchers and lineups in my game preview.
With the first-place Orioles facing the woeful last-place Astros, this is the kind of spot where you'd expect a good or great team to make a move. Win two out of three at a minimum, put some distance between yourselves and the rest of the division. Maybe the O's can pull that off for us, starting this series off right with a Friday night victory. You know me. I won't be holding my breath.
|HOUSTON ASTROS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Jose Altuve - 2B||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Jonathan Villar - SS||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Dexter Fowler - CF||Nelson Cruz - LF|
|Jesus Guzman - 1B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Chris Carter - DH||Matt Wieters - DH|
|George Springer - RF||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Matt Dominguez - 3B||Steve Clevenger - C|
|Carlos Corporan - C||Steve Pearce - 1B|
|L.J. Hoes - LF||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Scott Feldman - RHP||Wei-Yin Chen - LHP|