The second half of the Orioles season thus far has been marked by them stinking against the teams on whom they need to be gaining ground. When they were competing with the Twins, they got swept by the Twins. When they needed to turn things around against the Yankees, they got swept by the Yankees. Now, as the Blue Jays surge, the Orioles need to take down the Angels a peg. They had a chance to do it yesterday and instead they stunk.
No big deal. Here's another crack at them today against Garrett Richards. Though Richards had a great season last year, he's mostly just OK this year. Of course, the Orioles are plenty capable of losing to pitchers who are just OK, just as they're plenty capable of losing to pitchers who are bad. That extends to position players as well, as we saw demonstrated last night with the crucial hits being delivered by Chris freaking Iannetta and David DeJesus.
I mean, the Angels have Mike Trout and Albert Pujols on their team. They should be rocking and rolling. It's a joke and an embarrassment for them that they aren't. But they're better than the Orioles so far, and maybe they're better than the Orioles all the way. If the O's want to compete into late October, they're going to need to win games like last night's and games like tonight's. They failed last night. Maybe tonight will go better? Except Ubaldo Jimenez is starting and Ryan Flaherty is the first baseman, so...
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||LOS ANGELES ANGELS|
|Manny Machado - 3B||David DeJesus - LF|
|Gerardo Parra - LF||Kole Calhoun - RF|
|Adam Jones - CF||Mike Trout - CF|
|Chris Davis - RF||Albert Pujols - 1B|
|Matt Wieters - DH||David Murphy - DH|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Erick Aybar - SS|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Conor Gillaspie - 3B|
|Ryan Flaherty - 1B||Johnny Giavotella - 2B|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Carlos Perez - C|
|Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP||Garrett Richards - RHP|