I looked at the starting pitchers for tonight's game between the Orioles and Yankees and I saw that Jake Arrieta and his 8.68 ERA happen to be starting for the Orioles. That made me sad, until I looked and saw that Phil Hughes and his 16.50 ERA happen to be starting for the Yankees. That made me happy. Then a little voice in my head whispered "small sample size" and reminded me that nothing based on two starts actually matters. Nor does anything based on ten games worth of hitting. Being a sober and rational blogger isn't a lot of fun. That's enough of that out of me.
Hughes, by the way, is dealing with a fastball of 89mph this season after averaging 92mph last season. This sounds familiar to Orioles fans. We can only hope that augurs a similar result for Hughes tonight as the Yankees got off Chris Tillman last night. Hughes has made it through a grand total of six innings in two starts. Even considering that information, the little Accuscore game predictor gives the Yankees a 72% chance of winning tonight. Why you no respect the Orioles, Accuscore?
Probably because the Orioles are batting .217/.280/.363 through ten games. The BA and OBP are the second-worst in the AL, ahead of only Tampa Bay. While certain players, especially ones named Adam Jones, have looked completely hopeless, on the whole it feels like the non-shortstop bats of the lineup are due to break out in a big way, unleashing a storm of wood-based destruction against on-paper superior opposition the likes of which has not been seen since the English longbow's devastating application at Agincourt.
And gentlemen in Maryland now a-bed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their fandoms cheap whiles any speaks that watched with us upon this wondrous day!
(Lineups thanks to baseballpress.com.)