As I gaze upon the lineup for this game, it occurs to me that I have made a singularly poor decision in deciding to attend it. If I had gone to yesterday's game that would have been an equally poor decision, even though the Orioles ended up winning it. That was a boring game. The most likely outcome is either a boring or terrible game tonight.
Maybe there's some hope the team will do well against Julio Teheran, who has struggled somewhat this year. Yet as we know, the worse the pitcher, the worse the Orioles hitters are prone to do against him. And this lineup... I mean, look at it. Yeah, cool, J.J. Hardy is on a 10-game hitting streak. Whatever. It's a righty so we've loaded up Travis Snider and Chris Parmelee.
Chris Davis and Snider patrolling your outfield corners? Keep that ball on the ground, Ubaldo. Oh, yeah, that's who's pitching for the O's - Ubaldo Jimenez, whose ERA has inflated by a full run in two post-All Star Break starts. That's what giving up seven runs in back-to-back starts will do to you. What good could possibly happen here, knowing that even if Ubaldo pitches a good game, the hitters will probably flail against Teheran?
Well, maybe they will surprise me and get back above .500. It's happened before. Perhaps it will happen again.
|ATLANTA BRAVES||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Nick Markakis - RF||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Cameron Maybin - CF||Jimmy Paredes - DH|
|Freddie Freeman - 1B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Adonis Garcia - 3B||Chris Davis - RF|
|A.J. Pierzynski - C||Travis Snider - LF|
|Jonny Gomes - LF||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Jace Peterson - 2B||Chris Parmelee - 1B|
|Chris Johnson - DH||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Andrelton Simmons - SS||Ryan Flaherty - 2B|
|Julio Teheran - RHP||Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP|