The thing about being in first place is that everyone wants a shot at you. As a wise man once said, to be the man, you've got to beat the man - and presently the Orioles are "the man" in this scenario, by virtue of being in first place.
They took care of the Red Sox just now, but even then that was only two of three games and only enough to get them a one game edge, which they could lose if they lose tonight. Not only that, but here come the Blue Jays, only a scant two games back. If worst comes to worst and the Orioles are swept in this series, they will be left looking up at the Jays and probably also Boston in the standings.
By the way, those Red Sox get to play the Mariners for the weekend, and the Mariners are 5-10 in June, so... don't count on any help there. The Orioles are going to have to do this thing themselves. You would probably feel better about that if they didn't have Mike Wright starting against the Jays, but, well... that's life. The good news is Yovani Gallardo will be starting tomorrow. Wait, what?
Then again, you probably didn't expect Tyler Wilson to do very well against the Red Sox last night, and what did he do? He pitched eight shutout innings and was all around pretty great. Can Wright (or tomorrow, Gallardo) pull off the same trick? It's almost too much to hope for - but that's what the Orioles are going to need.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Ezequiel Carrera - RF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Josh Donaldson - 3B||Hyun Soo Kim - LF|
|Edwin Encarnacion - DH||Manny Machado - SS|
|Michael Saunders - LF||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Russell Martin - C||Mark Trumbo - RF|
|Justin Smoak - 1B||Pedro Alvarez - DH|
|Kevin Pillar - CF||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Ryan Goins - SS||Ryan Flaherty - 3B|
|Darwin Barney - 2B||Francisco Pena - C|
|Aaron Sanchez - RHP||Mike Wright - RHP|