There's nothing good about a walkoff loss, but at least the Orioles won't have much time to stew about it, and neither will Orioles fans. They're back in action on Saturday afternoon against the Blue Jays with a chance to wash away all of the bad taste of last night.
Do they really have a chance, though? That may be a bit generous to say. The Jays starter, J.A. Happ, is left-handed, and as I have written before and will write again, the Orioles are bad against lefty pitchers. Meanwhile, the Orioles starter is Mike Wright, who seems like an especially bad pitcher to have pitching in Toronto. Perhaps he will surprise us this afternoon.
By the way, the Orioles, despite carrying a .600 winning percentage overall, are only 7-9 in day games to date this year. Small sample size or just the beginning of a real trend with reasons behind it? The result of today's game will not answer the question, but it's enough to make you wonder.
The good news is that if the Orioles lose today, they'll have Ubaldo Jimenez pitching tomorrow in an attempt to salvage a series split. Wait, what?
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Adam Jones - CF||Ezequiel Carrera - RF|
|Joey Rickard - RF||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Manny Machado - SS||Edwin Encarnacion - DH|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Michael Saunders - LF|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Justin Smoak - 1B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Nolan Reimold - LF||Darwin Barney - 2B|
|Francisco Pena - C||Ryan Goins - SS|
|Paul Janish - 3B||Josh Thole - C|
|Mike Wright - RHP||J.A. Happ - LHP|