Scott Feldman was one of Dan Duquette's optimistic acquisitions. The thought that the Orioles would have really contended in 2013 if only they acquired the right players was a nice dream. And for sure, those O's weren't a bad team, but they weren't a playoff team either. To rent Feldman for 15 starts, the O's gave up on Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. Maybe it could have worked out. It didn't.
It's something to remember when the clamoring starts to make a move this year too - although with the AL East being the sea of mediocrity that it appears to be so far, perhaps that would mean it makes a bit more sense.
Anyway, Feldman has been bad so far this year, his second year of a $30 million contract. His ERA is north of 5, which to you and I means that he's going to dominate the Orioles lineup tonight. That's how they roll. This lineup is a dire situation. The Orioles need some corner outfielders who can play. They need Chris Davis to at least party like it's 2012. They need Steve Pearce's hard-hit ball luck to turn in his favor. For tonight, they need Chris Tillman to not suck. I won't be holding my breath.
|HOUSTON ASTROS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|George Springer - RF||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Jose Altuve - 2B||Jimmy Paredes - DH|
|Preston Tucker - LF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Evan Gattis - DH||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Colby Rasmus - CF||Steve Pearce - 2B|
|Luis Valbuena - 3B||Delmon Young - RF|
|Chris Carter - 1B||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Jason Castro - C||David Lough - LF|
|Marwin Gonzalez - SS||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Scott Feldman - RHP||Chris Tillman - RHP|