Hey, the Orioles have now won two games in a row for the first time all season! Woohoo! That's a joke of course, although it doesn't feel like one with the way they've played lately. Now, the question is, can they make it three in a row today?
Well, they can, but they won't. Let's just get that out of our brains right away. The Blue Jays have David Price pitching. The Orioles have Mike Wright pitching - that same Wright who was completely walloped for four runs in less than two innings of work the last time he started a game here - back in June, after which he was bounced to the minors. The Jays have only grown more dangerous since then.
Will there be any further drama today? Two Orioles were hit by pitches last night, including Adam Jones, one which was probably on purpose. Jones certainly reacted as though he believed it was on purpose.
I am reminded of something that Jim Palmer said during one of the dark years. It may have been the little spat with the Yankees in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, or some other incident. "You can get into the bean ball war with the Orioles if you want," he said, "but you've got way more to lose." The Jays lead over the Yankees for the division is down to half a game. The only things the Orioles can salvage are pride and a winning record.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Ben Revere - LF|
|Gerardo Parra - RF||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Adam Jones - CF||Jose Bautista - RF|
|Chris Davis - DH||Edwin Encarnacion - DH|
|Steve Pearce - 1B||Troy Tulowitzki - SS|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Justin Smoak - 1B|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Russell Martin - C|
|Junior Lake - LF||Ryan Goins - 2B|
|Paul Janish - SS||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Mike Wright - RHP||David Price - LHP|