If the Orioles somehow win tonight, they'll be 20 games over .500. That's actually kind of ridiculous. This is a team that was 12-12 at the end of April and 27-27 at the end of May. They looked like a perfectly mediocre baseball team. Then all of this started happening and now they're viewed in the upper echelon of baseball teams this season. They still have the largest division lead in baseball. They are printing playoff tickets.
None of which does much to help them tonight. They need a good game from their starter, Chris Tillman, and they need to have a good game against the White Sox starter, Jose Quintana. If these things occur, then perhaps the Orioles will win their 72nd game of the season - a feat they only managed two times from 2001-2011. If not, well, there's always tomorrow.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||CHICAGO WHITE SOX|
|Nick Markakis - RF||Alejandro De Aza - LF|
|Steve Pearce - 1B||Alexei Ramirez - SS|
|Adam Jones - CF||Jose Abreu - 1B|
|Nelson Cruz - LF||Adam Dunn - DH|
|Delmon Young - DH||Avisail Garcia - RF|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Conor Gillaspie - 3B|
|Chris Davis - 3B||Tyler Flowers - C|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Jordan Danks - CF|
|Nick Hundley - C||Gordon Beckham - 2B|
|Chris Tillman - RHP||Jose Quintana - LHP|