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Gameday Thread: Blue Jays at Orioles, 05/22

       Game Time: 7:05 | TV: MASN, MASN2 | Radio: WHFS

A.J. Burnett, RH D. Cabrera, RH
(4-3, 3.99 ERA) (3-4, 4.27)

Well, welcome back to games that count.

Toronto swept the O's when last they met. The Blue Jays were starting to get healthy, and the Orioles were still reeling from the nightmare that was the Mother's Day Massacre. And the O's went out and managed to blow TWO leads in two games to ensure the sweep.

So what's changed in the past 9 days? Well, the O's have added intra-squad wrestling to their list of distractions, while Binions in Vegas is currently offering 3 to 1 odds that Brain Surgeon Sam actually finishes May as the O's manager. OK, maybe not, but they should.

And we managed to lose a game to the Expos after Erik Bedard pulled himself after 7 innings. Uh, Erik? Did you REALLY expect the bullpen to protect a lead? Really?

I'll be an optimist for a moment. D-Cabs can win any game he pitches, although I don't like our chances against Burnett, who holds a 2-0 record and a 2.28 ERA against our hometown heroes. The O's face someone named Dustin McGowan with a sterling 0-1 record and 8+ ERA on Wednesday and Shaun Marcum on Thursday when our new staff ace Jeremy Guthrie takes the hill.

Here's a chance to win another series, gain a measure of self-respect and maybe, just maybe, look like a real MLB team instead of a bunch of outtakes from Major League 4: Stuff So Stupid We Cut It Out From the First 3 Movies. And I bet you didn't even know there WAS a third Major League movie, did you?

Gameday Threads may be posted pretty early this week - my kids have softball games and swim team practices at the most inconvenient times, so I'll have time to post them in the AM or not at all. I figured you'd prefer this option.