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Game 44: Nationals (21-23) @ Orioles (19-24), 4:05pm

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The lucky ones among us today will not be reading this post except by mobile device, as they will be drinking beer and watching baseball with their fellow Camden Chatters. After watching the last week's worth of games, though, perhaps they are the unlucky ones because they can't just turn off the TV and go do something else. I'm just kidding. CC meetups are fun win or lose. But the assembled personages this afternoon will be a lot happier if they aren't treated to another suckfest.

The 17 runs scored by the Nationals last night was the most for the franchise since it moved to DC. That's the 21st century Orioles for you, setting all the wrong records for all the wrong reasons. The revolving door roster has spun again with Jason Berken being optioned and Alfredo Simon being activated. Simon also had to be added to the 40-man, so Cesar Izturis was moved to the 60-day DL. I can't imagine us missing either Berken or Izturis. Now that Simon's on the team we have yet another pitcher who recorded a few saves once and thus is qualified to pitch in the 9th inning. I would rather have Weak Sauce being a failure of a closer for the major league minimum than Kevin Gregg being a failure of a closer for $10 million over two years. Alas, that ship has sailed.

Today really is a new day, though. The Nationals will be deploying the same crappy lineup that racked up all the runs yesterday, but the Orioles will be countering with a less volatile pitcher: Jeremy Guthrie, who's apparently recovered sufficiently from is one-inning emergency relief appearance the other night. Sadly, the Orioles will score no runs for Guts, even though John Lannan is pitching for the Nationals, he of the career 1.43 WHIP even pitching in the NL. The Orioles hitters hate Guts. This is well-documented and perpetually tragic. We may well be in for another extra-innings game of "Whose Bullpen Sucks More?" And I think we all know who will "win" that game.

At least the CC contingent at Camden Yards will get their money's worth.