Daniel Cabrera (RHP)W-L 7-6 ERA 4.81
K 80 Walks 66
Carlos Silva (RHP)W-L 4-12 ERA 5.95
K 54 Walks 21
So, we have a chance to witness a sweep of the Mariners today, if Good Danny shows up. It will be the first road sweep of the year, if I'm reading my Baltimore Sun Schedule/Results page correctly.
Carlos Silva has won exactly 1 game since April. One. Like, only one more than you have won in MLB since April. Steve Trachsel has as many wins as a starter pitcher since April. Yeah, Steve Trachsel. I went there.
In case you haven't noticed, Brian Roberts is slowly coming out of a month-long slump (batting barely .200 for the month of July) and has only attempted 1 stolen base (last night, successfully) in almost 3 weeks. Look it up - it's been about 15 games, 1 steal. Luke Scott is cooling down after his American League Player of the Week honors on July 21 - he's batting .129 in his last 10 games with just 4 hits and 8 Ks in his last 31 ABs.
But why harp on the negative? Daniel Cabrera is looking to tie Garret Olson (?!?!?!?!?) (ed. note - and Jeremy Guthrie, thanks Brotz13), for the team lead in wins (see how that worked out for Brian Burres before you get too excited), and the team looks to begin a Sunday winning streak after last week's win. And just think - the O's would only be 3.5 games out in the NL West!
Suck, thy name is Carlos Silva - and the O's are coming for you.
1. Brian Roberts - 2B
1. Ichiro - RF
Lineup notes: Now 23-year-old Adam Jones (Happy belated Birthday!) gets the day off, with Jay Payton manning center field. Jay's batting .276 in his last 10 games, which about mirrors Adam's numbers for the season. I know, small sample size and all, especially since 3 of the games combined led to 2 ABs, but it's not like he's a colossal pile of offensive suck out there right now. Ramon Hernandez gets the day game after a night game off, which is to be expected from a catcher. And Alex Cintron gets his first start since coming of the DL. Save us, Alex, from Mendoza Line shortstops! I mean, he is batting a positively Ripken-like .270 in 70 ABs for us this year.