Well yesterday didn't go to plan. The Orioles were supposed to go into an inferior clubs stadium and show why they are the top dogs in the American League East. Instead, the former orange and black duo of Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop contributed to the complete shutdown of the Baltimore offense.
Today, the O's may have a shot because there are no former Birds in the lineup and since Strop pitched yesterday we likely won't see him today; he is rarely used on back-to-back days by the Cubs. However, the man on the mound for Chicago has been lights out. Luckliy, it's a day game so the Orioles may be able to work without the lights.
Kyle Hendricks, the former eighth round pick out of Dartmouth, pitches this afternoon. He was the Cubs 11th ranked prospect entering the season. Aside from his Major League debut on July 10, he has been fantastic. He has made six starts since then. He has gone at least seven innings in five of them and thrown 42 innings in total. In those innings, opponents have scored four runs.
He does not walk nor strikeout many batters. His batting average against on balls in play is just .232. So, the Orioles are going to put the ball in play. If they can squeeze them past the adequate fielding Cubs then they have a chance to put up a few runs today.
And you will be upset if they can't hit this guy. Hendricks will be lucky to touch 90 mph with his fastball. His number one makes up almost two-thirds of his pitches and it has a nice late dip to it. But come on, this is a pitcher the Orioles can and should hit.
And in case you missed it, please watch T.J. McFarland's impression of the late Cubs announcer Harry Caray. I gotta say I'm impressed.
|Baltimore Orioles||Chicago Cubs|
|RF Nick Markakis (L)||LF Chris Coghlan (L)|
|1B Steve Pearce (R)||SS Javier Baez (R)|
|CF Adam Jones (R)||1B Anthony Rizzo (L)|
|LF Nelson Cruz (R)||3B Luis Valbuena (L)|
|3B Chris Davis (L)||RF Justin Ruggiano (R)|
|SS J.J. Hardy (R)||C Wellington Castillo (R)|
|2B Jonathan Schoop (R)||CF Arismendy Alcantara (S)|
|C Nick Hundley (R)||2B Logan Watkins (L)|
|RHP Bud Norris (R)||RHP Kyle Hendricks (R)|