All it takes is one win to help things start to feel better. The skid is over, and hopefully they won't begin a new skid today. For a team that has been plagued by poor starting pitching up until this point, yesterday's outing by Wei-Yin Chen was really what the team needed.
Of course, a lot went wrong in the game that it ended up needing to go into extra innings, and more went wrong to have us need Adam Jones and David Lough to come through in extra frames. A win is a win. They don't have to give it back.
If the Orioles want to stay in the win column, they're going to need much better results from today's starter, Bud Norris. Not much about him has looked good in his early action. He hasn't faced the Red Sox yet this year, but his other three starts have all been against AL East opponents and he's sporting a 17.42 ERA. Yowza. It's another level of struggle when you have a 2.32 WHIP.
At least the bullpen got a little rest with Chen's eight inning effort from yesterday. If Norris goes the way he's gone in his previous three starts, they're going to need some length from the pen. They can still take the series - all it takes is one more win.
|BOSTON RED SOX||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Mookie Betts - CF||Everth Cabrera - SS|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Pablo Sandoval - 3B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Hanley Ramirez - DH||Delmon Young - RF|
|Mike Napoli - 1B||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Brock Holt - LF||Steve Pearce - LF|
|Allen Craig - RF||Jimmy Paredes - DH|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||Ryan Lavarnway - C|
|Sandy Leon - C||Reynaldo Navarro - 2B|
|Wade Miley - LHP||Bud Norris - RHP|