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Orioles Game 45 Game Thread: at Astros, 8:10

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On Tuesday, the Orioles struck out 19 times in a 13 inning game. Yesterday, they struck out 18 times in a nine inning game. Basic extrapolation tells us that in tonight's game they will somehow manage to strike out 17 times in five innings. That was a joke just there. But they will probably strike out a lot again because this is the Orioles we're talking about.

Actually, before these last two games, the Orioles weren't among the league leaders in strikeouts. Nor are they so far up there even after this Astros series and also that effort against Matt Shoemaker on Saturday. The O's have struck out 22.6% of the time, 9th most in MLB. It's high, but not the highest you will find.

The O's are looking to avoid both their first sweep of the year and their first four game losing streak of the year in tonight's game. The fact that Kevin Gausman is the starting pitcher is encouraging. Hopefully he lives up to that... and also hopefully the Orioles don't continue to try to set strikeout records against Houston's Lance McCullers.

Or maybe at least they can commit fewer than four errors? This is horrible loser talk. I sound like I'm in the bargaining phase of grief. Stop doing this to me, Orioles.

Today's Lineups

BALTIMORE ORIOLES HOUSTON ASTROS
Joey Rickard - RF George Springer - RF
Manny Machado - SS Jose Altuve - 2B
Chris Davis - 1B Carlos Correa - SS
Adam Jones - CF Colby Rasmus - LF
Matt Wieters - C Evan Gattis - DH
Mark Trumbo - DH Tyler White - 1B
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Luis Valbuena - 3B
Hyun-soo Kim - LF Jason Castro - C
Paul Janish - 3B Jake Marisnick - CF
Kevin Gausman - RHP Lance McCullers - RHP