It is May 15 and the Orioles have already played themselves into two seven-game winning streaks. Orioles fans are still likely more used to the opposite, where there are multiple long losing streaks this early in the season. At least early on, 2016 is a good year for the team.
They look to run that streak up to eight games on Sunday afternoon. Can they do it? Sure, they could. Right now they can beat anybody and that's fun to watch. Especially if they're going to get another crack at the poor beleaguered Tigers bullpen. Maybe for once they can actually get to a starting pitcher early?
In today's game, they draw the challenge of Michael Fulmer, who came to Detroit in the trade that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets last summer. Fulmer was #49 on MLB.com's preseason prospect list and was also the top overall Tigers prospect. He'll be making his fourth MLB start. So far he has a big league ERA of 6. That's going to come down eventually - hopefully not today.
It's Kevin Gausman going for the O's today. He has looked good so far this year. If he has finally taken The Leap, we might really see this team going places. Of course, at 11 games above .500, they've already gone some interesting places, but it is only mid-May, and if it turns out they are actually good, they'll be doing better things than what they have already done...
Pedro Alvarez is at third base again. Hold on to your butts.
|DETROIT TIGERS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Ian Kinsler - 2B||Joey Rickard - RF|
|J.D. Martinez - RF||Manny Machado - SS|
|Miguel Cabrera - 1B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Victor Martinez - DH||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Nick Castellanos - 3B||Mark Trumbo - DH|
|Justin Upton - CF||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Steven Moya - LF||Pedro Alvarez - 3B|
|James McCann - C||Nolan Reimold - LF|
|Mike Aviles - SS||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Michael Fulmer - RHP||Kevin Gausman - RHP|