Rain ended up delaying the beginning of this series from Monday night to tonight, but the two managers are running out the exact same lineups and pitchers as they originally listed yesterday, so it'll essentially be the same thing as it would have been yesterday. Well - except for now everyone had an extra day to rest, which could make a difference in a good way for some or in a bad way for others. You never know!
It might actually be good for Ubaldo Jimenez, whose numbers in nine starts that he made on five days rest are the worst he has accumulated this season. That's one extra day of rest than normal. But the good news is that the Orioles rotation has worked out in conjunction with this rainout such that Jimenez gets one MORE day of rest. The difference between five days of rest (5.15 ERA) and six days of rest (3.97 in four starts) is surely a small sample size thing. Always better when the small sample size is in your favor, though.
One thing decidedly not in Ubaldo's favor is his 6.58 second half ERA. That's over 12 starts, which speaks more to an ongoing problem than any random variance of performance.
The extra day of rest probably isn't going to do much in either direction to counter the O's struggles against left-handed pitching this season - and they will be up against a solid lefty in Gio Gonzalez in this game. Well, good luck with that, Orioles. They need to finish 8-5 to be at least .500 - while beating mostly above-.500 teams, against whom they've struggled this year. Stranger things have happened... but so have many, many more entirely predictable things.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||WASHINGTON NATIONALS|
|Nolan Reimold - LF||Anthony Rendon - 2B|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Yunel Escobar - 3B|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Bryce Harper - RF|
|Steve Pearce - RF||Jayson Werth - LF|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Clint Robinson - 1B|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Ian Desmond - SS|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Michael Taylor - CF|
|Junior Lake - CF||Jose Lobaton - C|
|Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP||Gio Gonzalez - LHP|