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Orioles Game 57 Game Thread: vs. Royals, 7:05

Jimenez for the O's. Ventura for the Royals. Not exactly the ideal matchup for Baltimore.

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Another day, another Ubaldo start. And it comes against a Royals pitcher who routinely dominates the Orioles lineup (4-1, 1.91 ERA). So, this one feels like a loss before it even begins. But you never know with these 2016 Birds. They could surprise us all and go out to thrash the Kansas City pitching staff while Jimenez throws a gem. Maybe!

But probably not.

The conversation has likely already started on what Jimenez's leash will be from here. The O's have serious postseason aspirations. They cannot afford to trot him out there once every five days if he is going to continue being so awful. Another poor performance could see him banished to the bullpen...or worse.

Today's Lineups

Alcides Escobar - SS Adam Jones - CF
Whit Merrifield - 2B Hyun Soo Kim - LF
Lorenzo Cain - CF Manny Machado - SS
Eric Hosmer - 1B Mark Trumbo - RF
Salvador Perez - C Chris Davis - 1B
Kendrys Morales - DH Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Paulo Orlando - RF Pedro Alvarez - DH
Cheslor Cuthbert - 3B Francisco Pena - C
Reymond Fuentes - LF Ryan Flaherty - 3B
Yordano Ventura - RHP Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP