On a day where resurrection is all the rage, the Orioles will be hoping for a little of their own. With an offense that has the worst on-base percentage in the major leagues and a pitching staff that has the fourth-worst ERA, new life there would be similarly miraculous, especially against the Yankees.
Pretty much the same lineup that launched five home runs off Orioles pitchers last night will be taking the field today, but hopefully Jake Arrieta will fare better. He'll be challenged by a lineup that works counts and hits mistake pitches.
Meanwhile, Orioles batters will be facing Freddy Garcia, who pitched his way into the Yankees rotation after the season started. Give Garcia this: he's not as fat as Bartolo Colon. Also this: he hasn't had a good season since 2006, which is why the Yankees were able to pick him up off the scrap heap. Let's go ahead and not ask why the Orioles pay scrap heap players like Garrett Atkins and Kevin Millwood (actually going out of their way to trade for Millwood and $9 million of his contract) and the Yankees get Garcia for a non-guaranteed, incentive-laden $1.5 million.
Maybe Garcia's due to suck, just like the Orioles are due to not suck. Stranger things have happened.