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The Wednesday night Orioles game thread: vs. Rays, 7:05

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Maximum Orioles depression has set in. They will now have to go 19-11 just to finish above .500. The best way to start that would be to win tonight. Maybe they'll find a way?

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The Orioles are bad enough now that one can't help but take a gander at the draft pick standings. If the season ended just now the O's would find themselves picking 12th in next year's draft. That is not high enough that their top pick would be protected. They'd have to get into the top 10 for that. They are 1.5 games "behind" reaching that point.

I hate even thinking about this stuff. Worrying about draft position is loser talk. And yet when you are a fan of a team that, instead of making a run for a postseason spot, has instead lost 12 out of 13 games, the loser talk is what naturally seeps in. There is no avoiding it. The Orioles will have to go 19-11 from this point just to have a record of .500 or better on the season. That seems unfathomable at this point. Good God, this sucks. Remember when baseball was fun?

Bad as they have been up until now, they have not lost seven games in a row at any point this season. There is a chance that after tonight that will no longer be true. The losing streak stands at six. They continue to score three or fewer runs while their starting pitchers continue to suck. That is a good way to lose a lot of baseball games. Not that it's GOOD, you understand. It's bad and it's sad and it makes me mad. But there's not anything I can do about it. It's kind of up to them.

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Grady Sizemore - LF Manny Machado - SS
Brandon Guyer - RF Gerardo Parra - RF
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 Steve Clevenger - DH
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Steve Pearce - LF
J.P. Arencibia - C Ryan Flaherty - 3B
Erasmo Ramirez - RHP Kevin Gausman - RHP