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Orioles Game 18 Game Thread: @ Rays, 7:10 PM

Welcome back, Kevin Gausman!

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Goose is back! Break out the white powdered donuts! Put on your four eyes Get Lasik to celebrate!

OK, so we don't actually have much of an idea of how good Kevin Gausman will or won't be. But I, for one, am fairly confident that he'll be better than what we've been seeing lately. Orioles starters this season have a combined ERA of 5.32. Surely Gausman is capable of better.

Pitching for the Rays tonight is Chris Archer, who is generally thought of as one of the better pitchers in baseball. So far this season that hasn't been the case. He's logged a 7.32 ERA which includes a game against the Orioles in which he gave up six runs in five innings. Nolan Reimold, Manny Machado, Chris Davis, and Jonathan Schoop all homered off of Archer in that game.

That's not to say that I have much confidence in the Orioles against Archer. I don't think that he's going to pitch this poorly the entire year, and he has the track record to back him up. One day soon he's going to get it together, and for all we know it could be tonight.

Today's Lineups

BALTIMORE ORIOLES TAMPA BAY RAYS
Joey Rickard - LF Logan Forsythe - 2B
Manny Machado - 3B Steve Pearce - 1B
Adam Jones - CF Evan Longoria - 3B
Chris Davis - 1B Corey Dickerson - DH
Mark Trumbo - RF Desmond Jennings - LF
Matt Wieters - C Brad Miller - SS
J.J. Hardy - SS Steven Souza - RF
Pedro Alvarez - DH Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Curt Casali - C
Kevin Gausman - RHP Chris Archer - RHP

Let's Go O's!