The Orioles start a two-game series tonight in Boston, their first time at Fenway Park this season. I hate two-game series. Series should be three games, sometimes four. Never two. After these two they'll play two at home against the Yankees, before a few normal three-game series against the Nationals and Royals.
If anything good can be gleaned from this abbreviated trip to Camden Yards North, it is that the O's won't have to face any of the Red Sox three toughest pitchers. So that's ok, I guess.
Tonight Chris Tillman will attempt to put together a second consecutive quality start, as he shut down the Mariners last week in six innings. Unfortunately the Red Sox offense isn't exactly the same the ragtag band of Mariners "hitters" that paraded through Camden Yards. Tillman has faced the Red Sox only once in his career and it wasn't pretty. Will the Red Sox see the Tillman that no-hit the Rays for six innings or the Tillman that couldn't get out of the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals? Who the hell knows.
Thankfully the Red Sox are sending their $51M bust to the mound. Daisuke Matsuzaka will attempt to not suck this evening. Let's hope that seemingly patient Orioles team we've seen lately will let old Dice-K do his thing. His thing, of course, being that he walks anyone who holds still long enough.
Tillman. Matsuzaka. Who. Will. Own. It.