Six games into spring training and the Orioles still have not won any of the games. Charitably, Jim Hunter noted on last night's radio broadcast that the regular Orioles have only played in two of those games, although last night was the third such game and they lost that too.
The good news is that yesterday's two losses were heavily influenced by players who probably aren't going to factor into the 2016 campaign unless things go extremely, horribly wrong. Does it matter that Steve Tolleson made three errors in one spring training game? No. It also doesn't matter that a game fell apart thanks to the likes of non-roster invitees Dale Thayer and Todd Redmond having really bad days.
It would be nice for them to get a win just to say they won. By the same token, it would be nice to see Hyun Soo Kim get some hits just so he knows he can. But it doesn't matter yet, and when they're tossing out a lineup like this today, you realize quickly, it still doesn't matter:
1. Joey Rickard CF
2. Ryan Flaherty 2B
3. Nolan Reimold DH
4. Hyun Soo Kim LF
5. Christian Walker 1B
6. L.J. Hoes RF
7. Francisco Pena C
8. Paul Janish SS
9. Steve Tolleson 3B
SP - Mike Wright - RHP
There is absolutely nothing about this lineup that screams, "The Orioles really care about winning it!" So we don't have to worry if they lose again... although I probably will anyway.
According to MASN's Roch Kubatko, the following pitchers have made the trip to the Red Sox spring stadium for this game: Dylan Bundy, Brad Brach, T.J. McFarland, Chaz Roe, Oliver Drake, Chris Jones, Andy Oliver, Joe Gunkel and David Hess.
The game will be aired on NESN in the Red Sox home territory, which means if you're an MLB.tv subscriber you'll be able to watch too. Why it is that every other television network seems to be able to start airing spring games early on but not MASN is one of those mysteries of spring training. Still, even if it's Boston homer announcers, a day where you can watch the Orioles is better than a day where you can't.