Two wins down, one (and hopefully more beyond) to go. That is to say that if the Orioles win today it will represent their first three-game winning streak since the end of April, which is one of many things that illustrates what a disaster that May really was. And yet for all that they are "only" four games below .500 and "only" 4.5 games out of first place in the division. I use only in quotes because in fact the O's are, like the devil, assuming you take Tom Waits' advice, way down in the hole.
Today is a brighter day than two days ago, however, and one reason why that is happens to be Matt Wieters, who couldn't have had a much better return. It's too much to hope that he'll show up and carry the Orioles to glory - after all, that's what we hoped for when he was a prospect and that never happened. But if he can, at least, represent one less black hole of suck in the lineup, that will do.
Starting for Cleveland today is Danny Salazar, who, so far in 2015, is holding batters to a .191/.247/.338 batting line. That is a small sample size of only three starts, so let's hope the Orioles have greater things in store than that, or else we're all going to be tempted to watch the Belmont Stakes or the Women's World Cup instead. If Ubaldo Jimenez turns in a nice start, that would also be helpful. Jimenez was even teammates with a few of these guys, so maybe he knows something about them. On the other hand, maybe they know something about him.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||CLEVELAND INDIANS|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Jason Kipnis - 2B|
|Delmon Young - RF||Carlos Santana - 1B|
|Adam Jones - CF||Michael Brantley - LF|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Brandon Moss - RF|
|Matt Wieters - DH||Nick Swisher - DH|
|Steve Pearce - LF||Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Yan Gomes - C|
|Ryan Flaherty - 2B||Michael Bourn - CF|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Jose Ramirez - SS|
|Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP||Danny Salazar - RHP|