Short of getting no-hit or perfect gamed, neither of which I would rule out, the Orioles can't do much worse today than they did last night. Of course, they could also do just about as badly as they did last night, here today facing Kendall Graveman, one of the players that Oakland received back in what will probably turn out to be the ill-advised (for Oakland) Josh Donaldson trade.
Wei-Yin Chen draws the task of pitching today. He may have the advantage against an Oakland lineup that has the next-to-last OPS against left-handed batters in the American League. As a team, they bat .241/.311/.366 against lefties this year. One reason they plucked former Oriole Danny Valencia, seen in today's lineup, off of waivers was to try to correct that problem.
Not that Oakland lacks for dangerous hitters who can punish any handed pitcher if he makes a mistake. At least with Eric Sogard out of the lineup there will not be the temptation to intentionally walk him. Man, that was infuriating.
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|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||OAKLAND A'S|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Billy Burns - CF|
|Gerardo Parra - RF||Sam Fuld - RF|
|Adam Jones - CF||Brett Lawrie - 2B|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Billy Butler - DH|
|Jimmy Paredes - DH||Danny Valencia - 3B|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Josh Phegley - C|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Mark Canha - LF|
|Nolan Reimold - LF||Ike Davis - 1B|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Marcus Semien - SS|
|Wei-Yin Chen - LHP||Kendall Graveman - RHP|