The Orioles won yesterday, which is great, but that won't mean a whole lot if they don't win today too. They're bringing mostly the same lineup to the party, I guess figuring that if Chris Davis hit a grand slam the way things were yesterday, why mess with that top of the order? Of course, then there's J.J. Hardy hitting fifth - but let's not nitpick too much, right?
In their recently-elusive quest for runs, they will be facing off against Rays starter Matt Moore, making his fifth MLB start since his return from Tommy John surgery. A similar story played out recently for the O's against Ivan Nova and it didn't go very well for the O's - though Moore has done much worse than Nova since coming back. It's only been four starts, so small sample size, but he's given up 15 earned runs in 18.2 innings, which is a 7.23 ERA. And as we know, the worse the pitcher, the worse the Orioles do.
The chances of the Orioles climbing out of this hole they've dug for themselves are bleak to consider. There's only one way to get started on the journey, though. Just win, baby.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|David Lough - LF||Brandon Guyer - CF|
|Chris Davis - DH||Steven Souza - RF|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Evan Longoria - DH|
|Adam Jones - CF||Logan Forsythe - 2B|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Joey Butler - LF|
|Nolan Reimold - RF||James Loney - 1B|
|Ryan Flaherty - 1B||Tim Beckham - SS|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Jake Elmore - 3B|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Curt Casali - C|
|Wei-Yin Chen - LHP||Matt Moore - LHP|