Are you prepared to see Bartolo Colon batting? I don't know that any of us can ever be prepared, truly, but that's what we're going to get tonight as the Orioles begin a brief two-game series against the Mets. We will also get to see Bud Norris batting, which is a far less disturbing/hilarious prospect.
A sojourn into the gaping maw of madness that is the National League also means there is no designated hitter, so there's no hiding Jimmy Paredes or whoever they like least in the field. Perhaps Steve Pearce would have been the go-to choice for second base again but he is still battling the stomach virus that led to his early removal from Sunday's game. Supposedly he is available to pinch hit tonight, which may even be true.
The Mets are 3-7 over their last 10 games and their offense has not been very good this year. That doesn't mean the Orioles will win each of the next two games, but it does mean that they should.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||NEW YORK METS|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Curtis Granderson - RF|
|Jimmy Paredes - 2B||Juan Lagares - CF|
|Adam Jones - CF||Lucas Duda - 1B|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Michael Cuddyer - LF|
|Delmon Young - RF||Daniel Murphy - 3B|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Wilmer Flores - SS|
|Travis Snider - LF||Kevin Plawecki - C|
|Everth Cabrera - SS||Dilson Herrera - 2B|
|Bud Norris - RHP||Bartolo Colon - RHP|