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The Thursday afternoon Orioles game thread: at Phillies, 1:05

The Orioles go for the sweep of the Phillies against Sean O'Sullivan, which could be very good or very bad. Also, Bud Norris is pitching. Well, here goes nothing.

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There continues to be an Adam Jones-less Orioles lineup, and perhaps they can manage to make that not matter. If you're going to get some rest, it seems like doing it against the Phillies is the way to go.

That said, of course they won't be able to waltz their way to finishing a four-game sweep of one of the worst teams in baseball. The Orioles were in control last night until they weren't, and although they still won, it did get interesting. You can pitch reasonably well and still not end up with great outcomes - and that's if you pitch reasonably well.

Today's starter is Bud Norris, who has not pitched anything approaching well. With Norris the expectations are so much lower, not even a will he pitch well? But a will he pass the Matusz Test? The Matusz Test is so named for Matusz's 2011 season where his ERA went up after every start except for one, which is an increasingly impressive feat as his ERA got worse and worse with every start. If you end the day with a lower ERA than you began, you pass the Matusz Test. Bud begins at an 8.29 ERA today.

Phillies starter Sean O'Sullivan enters the day with an ERA over 5 in nine starts. And that's in the National League, facing pitchers on the regular! You know what to do, Orioles. Get that sweep.

Today's Lineups

Manny Machado - 3B Ben Revere - CF
Travis Snider - LF Chase Utley - 2B
Chris Parmelee - RF Maikel Franco - 3B
Chris Davis - 1B Ryan Howard - 1B
J.J. Hardy - SS Domonic Brown - RF
Ryan Flaherty - 2B Freddy Galvis - SS
Caleb Joseph - C Cody Asche - LF
David Lough - CF Carlos Ruiz - C
Bud Norris - RHP Sean O'Sullivan - RHP