What is there to even say about these guys any more? August was horrible. The only thing that's changed in September is they've called up three relievers. Relief pitching isn't even the problem. The problem is their starting pitching sucks a lot of nights, and their hitting sucks when the starting pitching doesn't suck, and sometimes when it does.
Orioles nemesis Drew Smyly is starting the game for the Rays tonight. He's pitched in six games against the O's, three starts, and has a 1.00 ERA over 27 innings. That's good, right? But, he was out of big league action from May through July, and in the three starts since he has been back he has a 5.14 ERA. That's not so good. He may not be fully ready after a trip to the disabled list. So maybe the Orioles can take advantage of that... or something? It's nice to dream.
The lineup is back to a more normal configuration after last night's strange setup. We at least were able to be delighted by Manny Machado making one dazzling play at shortstop. Will that be a more regular occurrence for the rest of September or next year? Or was it just one time, burning bright and now winking out? I don't know.
The Orioles are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 2131 game tonight, with a special appearance by Cal Ripken and everything. As it turns out, right now Machado is the major league leader in consecutive games played. He has less than one full season worth of games under his belt. He'd only have to play every game until around the 2031 All-Star Break to become th new record holder. Is that all?
|TAMPA BAY RAYS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Grady Sizemore - LF||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Daniel Nava - RF||Steve Pearce - LF|
|Evan Longoria - 3B||Adam Jones - CF|
|John Jaso - DH||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Logan Forsythe - 2B||Matt Wieters - C|
|Asdrubal Cabrera - SS||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|James Loney - 1B||Caleb Joseph - DH|
|Brandon Guyer - CF||Dariel Alvarez - RF|
|J.P. Arencibia - C||Paul Janish - SS|
|Drew Smyly - LHP||Chris Tillman - RHP|