Remember when you felt good about the Orioles chances in this series after they won the first game? Now they find themselves at the fourth game, looking to avoid a series loss, with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound. If this leaves you feeling like things will go well, I am impressed by your dedication to optimism.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox have drawn the hapless Twins as their opponents for the weekend. They've already pulled back in to a tie for the American League East lead and they could pass the Orioles today, if the Orioles lose, as they look to on paper, and if the Red Sox win, as they also look to on paper.
There's not much to be done about it. The team is the team and the starting rotation is the starting rotation. And if you think, "Well, a team with a good offense like the Blue Jays is a bad matchup" you might not be wrong, but the thing is that after this series the Orioles are going to go play the Red Sox, and then come back to Baltimore to play the Blue Jays some more. If the O's stumble over the next week, it'll be a two team race in the AL East still, but the Orioles will no longer be one of the two teams.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Adam Jones - CF||Ezequiel Carrera - RF|
|Hyun Soo Kim - LF||Josh Donaldson - DH|
|Manny Machado - SS||Edwin Encarnacion - 1B|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Michael Saunders - LF|
|Mark Trumbo - RF||Russell Martin - C|
|Matt Wieters - C||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Pedro Alvarez - DH||Devon Travis - 2B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Ryan Goins - SS|
|Ryan Flaherty - 3B||Darwin Barney - 3B|
|Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP||Aaron Sanchez - RHP|