The Orioles can win a series today. Really.
Not that big a deal, huh? Well, if they manage to pull it off, it will be the first series the O's have won since the All-Star Break.
As for today's game, here's what Yahoo! Sports has to say, because I'm too lazy to write about an opposing starting pitcher named Vin. Sorry, I just don't have it in me.
The Orioles send Jason Berken (2-9, 6.72 ERA) to the mound, hoping the rookie right-hander can win a second straight start. Berken ended a personal nine-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over Toronto on Friday, his first victory since his major league debut May 26. He allowed three runs and five hits in six innings with two walks and six strikeouts.
"I just knew the opportunity was only going to be there for so long and I needed to start pitching better," Berken said. "Tonight was a step in the right direction."
Berken was terrible in a 9-4 loss at Oakland on June 6, yielding a season-high nine runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings.
Oakland counters with a struggling rookie of its own in Vin Mazzaro (3-8, 5.70), who also seeks his second consecutive win following a lengthy losing streak. The right-hander earned his first victory since June 7 by limiting Kansas City to three runs and eight hits in five innings of a 9-4 win Friday. Mazzaro had been 0-8 with a 7.72 ERA in 10 starts since his previous win.
"My confidence didn’t really go down," Mazzaro said. "They’re giving me an opportunity to do it here and it’s awesome. I’m going to take advantage of everyday. This win definitely boosted my confidence for the next start."
Game time is 1:35. Just because, I guess.
|2009 - Vin Mazzaro||3-8||13||13||0||0||0||0||71.0||93||50||45||8||30||48||5.70||1.73|
|2009 - Jason Berken||2-9||14||14||0||0||0||0||69.2||89||54||52||9||27||39||6.72||1.67|