The Orioles have two more games until the All Star break, and after that they will play 16 straight games against the American League West, specifically the Angels, Mariners, and Athletics. Those 16 games includes a 10-game west coast road trip, one off day to travel home, and then a six-game homestand. Coming in to today, those three teams are a combined 48 games over .500, and all three teams have at least 50 wins.
What I'm saying is, it would be nice to get these next two games against the Yankees into the win column, because things could get ugly. I don't say this as a pessimist, but rather a pragmatist. The Orioles have been playing well, but those are three of the best teams in the AL right now, and when you add in the trip all the way out to the west coast, it could get dicey.
It would also be nice to get those wins because it's the Yankees, and they can shove it. Their fans have infested Camden Yards and downtown Baltimore with their name-on-back Yankees shirseys and their accents and their chants and their stupid roll calls. I don't like the Yankee fans in our stadium, but if they're going to be there, I'd prefer them to be quiet and dejected. So let's cross our fingers for a big inning right away against this rookie Shane Greene, and a shutdown night from Chris Tillman.
Let's go O's!
|NEW YORK YANKEES||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Brett Gardner - LF||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Derek Jeter - SS||Steve Pearce - LF|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Nelson Cruz - DH|
|Brian McCann - DH||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Ichiro Suzuki - RF||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Brian Roberts - 2B||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Kelly Johnson - 3B||Ryan Flaherty - 2B|
|Francisco Cervelli - C||Nick Hundley - C|
|Shane Greene - RHP||Chris Tillman - RHP|