As bad as the first two games of this Blue Jays series have been, the Orioles remain a win away from first place. Salvage only a single game in the series, that's all, and they'll be back up top. That's all it takes.
All they need is for the offense to come alive against Aaron Sanchez. You know, the guy with a 2.72 ERA. If there's some good news, it's that Sanchez hasn't pitched quite as well at home - "only" a 3.56 ERA, and it's where he's allowed seven homers in nine starts. That's probably not much consolation for an Orioles offense that, at present, seemingly could not hit its way out of a wet paper bag.
Maybe Chris Tillman is going to throw a shutout. That might be their best chance. And that's never going to happen. I don't care how much better Tillman is doing this year, he's not going to dominate the Jays in Toronto in a day game with the roof open. I know this because Orioles fans aren't allowed to have such nice things.
You can basically name any Orioles hitter and he's slumped in July. Fortunately, this is the final July game for the Orioles... but why would you expect any of these slumps to go away just because the calendar changes over? Chris Davis is lost deep in the woods. Matt Wieters is probably still hurt, can't hit a lick or block pitches, and still here he is catching three games in a row. Good grief.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Adam Jones - CF||Jose Bautista - RF|
|Hyun Soo Kim - LF||Josh Donaldson - DH|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Edwin Encarnacion - 1B|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Michael Saunders - LF|
|Mark Trumbo - RF||Troy Tulowitzki - SS|
|Pedro Alvarez - DH||Russell Martin - C|
|Matt Wieters - C||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Devon Travis - 2B|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Darwin Barney - 3B|
|Chris Tillman - RHP||Aaron Sanchez - RHP|