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Game 112: White Sox (55-58) @ Orioles (44-67), 7:05pm

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What is there to even say about these guys any more? Have all possible words been written? Probably not, if only because there are synonyms, and also because we are discouraged from using profanity above the jump.

So it goes for the Orioles this year. We are, in some ways, in a do-or-die time for the team. Now that the calendar has crossed into August, all of our comparisons against last year's terrible baseball are now going to run against the 2010 resurgence that coincided with the arrival of Buck. What grisly fate might await should the team slide below the already horrible pace of last season? Probably 100 losses would be that grisly fate, which is an ignominious milestone significant chiefly because humans, with ten fingers and ten toes, have settled on a base-ten counting system, and therefore ten times ten seems to be an important number.

In baseball terms, there is little difference anywhere along the 90-100 loss continuum. All of these numbers signify a terrible baseball team that's probably crushed the soul of its fanbase. My soul has been crushed and rebuilt only to be crushed again. Hypothetically, if we were to get worked up over 100 losses in particular, the O's need to finish the season 19-32 or better to avoid that. That is a .373 winning percentage.

The White Sox come into town tonight to begin a four-game series. They play in the AL Central, where every team has a negative run differential. This is something of a stunning stat when you consider that the division leader, Detroit, is 61-53. They have given up six more runs than they have scored. The White Sox are 55-58 and they have given up sixteen more runs than they have scored. Somehow that equates to 5.5 games in the standings. With two months of baseball left, you can't even totally rule out the South Siders.

In the opener, Jeremy Guthrie opposes John Danks. It's been a pretty bad run of games for Guthrie. Danks has accumulated a 3.90 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP in 113 IP on the season. That WHIP is actually slightly worse than Guthrie's, which is 1.34, but Guthrie instead has a 4.34 ERA. What does it even mean?

We may find out tonight as the latest movement in the symphony that is the 2011 season is unveiled. There would seem to be a high chance that the lead-up to that movement will involve a rumbling of the descending bowel, heralding a tremendous defecation.