The Orioles are 5-0 on this young season, but one challenge they have yet to have to overcome is facing a left-handed starting pitcher. They'll run into one such pitcher today when they face David Price, the newly-minted $217 million man. It's safe to say they have not yet faced a pitcher of Price's caliber - he was the Cy Young runner up last year, and deservedly so.
Last year's Orioles team was terrible against left-handed pitching. They were just so bad. Will things be any better this year? Well, one game isn't going to tell us everything, but one game is all we get today, so it'll tell us something.
It may not even matter how well they do or don't do against price if their own starter, Yovani Gallardo, is bad. So far Gallardo has faced only the Twins lineup, and maybe it will turn out that the Twins are bad. The Red Sox may also be bad, but if they are bad it probably won't be because of their lineup.
Being as this is the home opener for Boston, be prepared to hear all about how it's the last home opener that David Ortiz will ever have in his career. You may want to have a barf bag handy first. I'm not cleaning that stuff up.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||BOSTON RED SOX|
|Joey Rickard - CF||Mookie Betts - RF|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Dustin Pedroia - 2B|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Xander Bogaerts - SS|
|Mark Trumbo - LF||David Ortiz - DH|
|Matt Wieters - DH||Hanley Ramirez - 1B|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Travis Shaw - 3B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Brock Holt - LF|
|Nolan Reimold - RF||Blake Swihart - C|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Jackie Bradley - CF|
|Yovani Gallardo - RHP||David Price - LHP|