At yesterday's game, Stacey told me about her six-year-old nephew watching Friday night's win over the Indians. The nephew was all set to go to Saturday's game and he became distressed by the fact that the Orioles were winning the game. "Doesn't that mean they're going to lose tomorrow?" he asked. That just about completely sums up the 2014 Orioles.
Of course, even if they're a .500 team, it doesn't mean they will win a game and lose a game in that exact pattern for the entire season, but it's sure felt something like it so far. And if they are a .500 team, then they would "need" to lose today to fall back to .500. Which I don't want to see happen, but this is the Orioles we're talking about.
Chris Davis is headed to the paternity list for a couple of days. His wife was scheduled to have labor induced this morning. Manny Machado's health status was so uncertain that the Orioles initially drew up two different lineups, one with him and one without him, and they did not reveal the choice until only about an hour before the start of the game. New Oriole Nick Hundley is here and for some reason the Orioles are carrying three catchers for the next couple of days.
The Orioles have a 1-5 record on Sundays and are 5-12 in day games. We all know what we're going to see today, but, fools that we are, we'll be hoping for some different outcome until the last possible moment.
|CLEVELAND INDIANS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Michael Bourn - CF||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Carlos Santana - C||Manny Machado - 3B|
|M. Brantley - LF||Adam Jones - CF|
|L. Chisenhall - 3B||Nelson Cruz - DH|
|Nick Swisher - 1B||Steve Pearce - 1B|
|Jason Giambi - DH||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Mike Aviles - 2B||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|David Murphy - RF||David Lough - LF|
|Justin Sellers - SS||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Trevor Bauer - RHP||Miguel Gonzalez - RHP|