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Game 119: Orioles (46-72) @ Athletics (53-67), 10:05pm

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They're taking the hobbits to Isengard!
They're taking the hobbits to Isengard!

The Orioles suck in Oakland. The Orioles suck against left-handed pitchers. The Orioles suck against Gio Gonzalez. The Orioles suck in the month of August. Tonight's game against the Athletics features all of these conditions in effect.

Good luck to Tommy Hunter, who probably can't count on much in the way of run support with the O's hitters going up against Gonzalez. He was abused by his defense in his last start, wasn't he? The infield won't be much better today: Josh Bell at third, Mark Reynolds at first. Reynolds hasn't looked terrible at first, so there's that. There's also the fact that Oakland's offense is not really good at anything. That's the good news. The bad news is that Oakland's offense isn't good at anything and they have the same team OBP as the Orioles (.313).

More interesting plots during the course of this game will involve the pending deadline for signing picks from this year's Rule 4 draft. The deadline of midnight will come and go during this game. As of this writing, the O's are still looking to sign first-rounder Dylan Bundy, second-rounder Jason Esposito, and sixth-rounder Nick Delmonico. Many other teams are also still looking to sign their picks all throughout the draft. Possibly every one of those teams will sign more players than the Orioles do. We can all only hope that the checkbook is opened up and the three named players - who represent the best chance from the draft class to help the big league roster either through their own efforts or as trade chips - will all be signed into the fold by night's end.

Look for your draft picks, but do not trust to hope. It has forsaken these lands.