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The Orioles Game 28 game thread: at Yankees, 1:05pm

The Orioles try to avoid their fifth straight loss on Saturday afternoon against the Yankees. They probably won't because that's how things are going just now.

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Day games can be good because if the Orioles win, then you can have that wind behind your sails to carry you to a good mood for the rest of the day. By the same token, they can also be bad because if they lose, it kind of wrecks a bit of your mood for the rest of the day, especially if it's an exceptionally stupid or painful loss, like some kind of walkoff loss or something.

Though the usual pattern for the Orioles is to be bad in the day games, especially if it's a Sunday day game, so far this year they're actually 6-4 during the day and 6-11 at night. It's probably a fluke, although maybe it's not and there's some extra 1% edge they've gotten during the day this year. I doubt it.

Last season, on the way to winning 96 games, the Orioles never fell more than three games below .500. A loss today would put them four games below .500. It would also be their fifth straight loss, which wasn't something that happened last year either. They've lost six in a row once already this year. Things aren't very fun right now, but then again, last year they weren't very good until June rolled along either. Maybe a surge still awaits and they just need to tread water rather than drown in the meantime.

Today's Lineups

Manny Machado - 3B Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
Jimmy Paredes - DH Brett Gardner - LF
Adam Jones - CF Chris Young - RF
Delmon Young - RF Mark Teixeira - 1B
Chris Davis - 1B Carlos Beltran - DH
Steve Pearce - 2B Jose Pirela - 2B
J.J. Hardy - SS Chase Headley - 3B
Alejandro De Aza - LF Stephen Drew - SS
Ryan Lavarnway - C John Ryan Murphy - C
Wei-Yin Chen - LHP Chase Whitley - RHP