It is Tuesday and the Sunday forfeit lineup has been deployed. Adam Jones, with a tweaked shoulder and possibly banged up wrist, has the night off. Keeping him rested may be an important goal for the Orioles in future years. Probably a bit too late for that this year, but let's hope he gets well soon, because lineups that give us Nolan Reimold leading off, Chris Davis in right field, and Ryan Flaherty playing first base are, safe to say, not ideal.
But Jonathan Schoop's favorite pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka, awaits, so maybe even this patchwork unit will find a way to put some runs on the board. They are not bad at putting runs on the board, actually - three or four, just never when three or four is enough.
You know how it goes. Starting pitchers struggle... a lot. Is Kevin Gausman going to reverse that trend against the Yankees? Honestly, what team have YOU been watching? If you're lucky, it's not the Orioles. I feel like every day I write that it's brutal right now, and it is brutal. The Orioles have lost 15 of 18 games. That's just... dang. It hurts.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Nolan Reimold - LF||Jacoby Ellsbury - CF|
|Gerardo Parra - CF||Carlos Beltran - RF|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Brian McCann - C|
|Chris Davis - RF||Alex Rodriguez - DH|
|Jimmy Paredes - DH||Greg Bird - 1B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Chris Young - LF|
|Matt Wieters - C||Didi Gregorius - SS|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Stephen Drew - 2B|
|Ryan Flaherty - 1B||Brendan Ryan - 3B|
|Kevin Gausman - RHP||Masahiro Tanaka - RHP|