It's amazing how much easier it is to feel good about the Orioles chances when they've won their most recent game. By the same token, though, is the knowledge that every time they lose, we will all feel worse about their chances.
Expect a loss tonight. Wade Miley, enough said.
But maybe the offense that racked up so many runs last night will be in effect again tonight against Collin McHugh. Is a pitcher with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.478 WHIP bad enough to expect him to dominate the Orioles, as did Oakland jabronis like Zach Neal and Ross Detwiler?
McHugh has a 5.34 ERA since the All-Star break, and in away games this year he's posted a 5.22 ERA. He is not left-handed, and although he is not a fireballer, he's not a complete soft-tosser either. Well, I don't know... a righty who averages 90mph on his fastball might be a soft-tosser.
The Astros are not great on the road - though they're not as bad as the Orioles on the road. The Houston squad have lost five games in a row. We know what the Orioles need to do against a reeling team in the midst of this playoff situation. Are they going to do it? That is the question.
|HOUSTON ASTROS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|George Springer - RF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Alex Bregman - 3B||Hyun Soo Kim - LF|
|Jose Altuve - 2B||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Carlos Correa - SS||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Evan Gattis - C||Mark Trumbo - RF|
|Marwin Gonzalez - LF||Pedro Alvarez - DH|
|A.J. Reed - 1B||Matt Wieters - C|
|Tyler White - DH||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Teoscar Hernandez - CF||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Collin McHugh - RHP||Wade Miley - LHP|