The lone good 2016 Orioles starter takes the carpet on Saturday evening against the Rays. Whether that ends up meaning good things for Chris Tillman and friends is, of course, still to be determined. Tillman will be vying for his 13th win of the season, not that pitcher wins matter, of course, but it's still an interesting curiosity when a particular starter gets a bunch of them.
At first glance, Rays starter Matt Moore looks like he'd fit right in the Orioles rotation, which isn't a compliment. Although his mid-4 ERA is underwhelming, keep in mind that Moore has been markedly better at home than he has been on the road, so don't expect a cakewalk here. Moore has a 3.57 ERA in 11 home starts. One of those home starts came against the Orioles back in April, when he gave up three runs on three hits in seven innings and still lost.
That game was also started by Tillman, actually, so here's hoping that the Orioles can pull off the same result tonight. Their division opponents, the Red Sox and Blue Jays, are both playing teams that they ought to beat. The Orioles ought to beat the Rays as well, and they will really need to do so to hold their ground in the division.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Adam Jones - CF||Logan Forsythe - 2B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Brad Miller - SS|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Evan Longoria - 3B|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Logan Morrison - 1B|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Steven Souza - RF|
|Matt Wieters - C||Corey Dickerson - DH|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Brandon Guyer - LF|
|Nolan Reimold - LF||Kevin Kiermaier - CF|
|Joey Rickard - RF||Luke Maile - C|
|Chris Tillman - RHP||Matt Moore - LHP|