The Orioles are the second team in baseball to get to 80 wins this season. It is a worthwhile achievement indeed. Not to mention they have done so without their All-Star catcher for most of the season and the Platinum Glove third baseman is out with yet another knee injury. The train keeps on rolling.
The worrisome bit is that train could come right off the tracks if we see more of the same from the current coral of third baseman. Oriole regulars Chris Davis and Ryan Flaherty have held their own with Davis, arguably, playing the better defense of the two. The newcomers, Jimmy Paredes and Kelly Johnson, have been less than stellar.
It makes my heart hurt when it leads to the potential game-tying run getting aboard. Ugh!
Tonight, we will see a full game from Johnson. He had the late flub last night. Meanwhile, Jones gets a half night off by being put in the DH spot. And David Lough returns as the battle for the fourth outfield spot gets juicy.
|CINCINNATI REDS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Billy Hamilton - CF||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Todd Frazier - 1B||David Lough - CF|
|Brandon Phillips - 2B||Adam Jones - DH|
|Devin Mesoraco - C||Nelson Cruz - LF|
|Jay Bruce - RF||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Ryan Ludwick - DH||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Skip Schumaker - LF||Kelly Johnson - 3B|
|Kristopher Negron - 3B||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Ramon Santiago - SS||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Dylan Axelrod - RHP||Miguel Gonzalez - RHP|