Here's the deal. There was some Wednesday afternoon baseball and many teams whom the Orioles would like to lose games have already won. The Tigers won on a walkoff. The Red Sox made a late comeback against the Rays. The Astros won. Only the Yankees and Royals are left to play one another later.
If the Orioles lose tonight's game, they will be tied for the second wild card spot with Detroit, and they will fall back to three games back in the East - and two games behind the Red Sox for the first wild card spot. Every game is important from here on out, whether the Orioles need to go 16-14 to make the playoffs or whether they need to do better than that. There's not going to be much time to recover if there are any stumbles.
Maybe you don't feel so great, then, knowing that Yovani Gallardo is starting this important game for the O's, and will be starting important games every fifth day from here on out. The Jays would seem to be due for a breakout after being held to relatively few runs by Wade Miley and Ubaldo Jimenez on back to back days, of all people. The Orioles aren't actually going to get quality starts on three days in a row from Miley, Jimenez, and Gallardo, are they?
Like, that's just not something that's possible. I mean, it's possible in that it's something that could, theoretically, happen. But it won't happen. And even if it somehow does, the Orioles offense will probably get shut down by Aaron Sanchez. I miss Adam Jones.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Jose Bautista - RF||Hyun Soo Kim - LF|
|Josh Donaldson - 3B||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Edwin Encarnacion - 1B||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Michael Saunders - LF||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Russell Martin - C||Mark Trumbo - RF|
|Troy Tulowitzki - SS||Pedro Alvarez - DH|
|Dioner Navarro - DH||Matt Wieters - C|
|Kevin Pillar - CF||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Devon Travis - 2B||Nolan Reimold - CF|
|Aaron Sanchez - RHP||Yovani Gallardo - RHP|