The Orioles have been a bad baseball team against good baseball teams, and they've also been a bad baseball team on the road. That being the case, this series, their last that is both at home and against a bad baseball team, is the series to rack up the gravy wins. It's not getting any easier the rest of the way.
More or less the same Red Sox lineup that scored zero runs last night awaits tonight. That's good, though Ubaldo Jimenez will still need to pitch well enough to take advantage of that. And of course you never know with him. He can be great and he can be bad, and he's been bad more often than great since signing here.
The Orioles lineup will tackle the challenge of Joe Kelly tonight. Based on his 2015 performance, Kelly ought to not be a huge challenge. He's sporting a 4.70 ERA. Of course, we've seen plenty of games where pitchers with an ERA near or above 5 just mystify the Orioles. Unlike his teammate Eduardo Rodriguez, who we saw yesterday, Kelly does not have absurd day/night splits. He's been bad in the dark and in the light.
However, one thing that Kelly does have is a strong record of performance since the beginning of August. In eight August and September starts, he has a 2.59 ERA over 48.2 innings pitched. If it turns out that he's fixed something that was wrong with him early in the season, then the Orioles will be in for quite a challenge tonight indeed.
|BOSTON RED SOX||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Mookie Betts - CF||Gerardo Parra - RF|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||Chris Davis - 1B|
|David Ortiz - DH||Adam Jones - CF|
|Travis Shaw - 1B||Matt Wieters - C|
|Pablo Sandoval - 3B||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Rusney Castillo - LF||Steve Clevenger - DH|
|Ryan Hanigan - C||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Jackie Bradley - RF||Steve Pearce - LF|
|Joe Kelly - RHP||Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP|