For the first time all season, the Orioles lineup will not have Mark Trumbo in it. He has played in every game up until now. It's probably just a routine day off. Players aren't meant to play in every single game in a season, even in the town of 2,632.
What it will have is Chris Davis back in the cleanup spot even though he hasn't hit for a month. Neither has Matt Wieters, but what can be done about that? You can't not play Wieters, even though his defense has clearly deterioriated and his pitch framing was never good, because Caleb Joseph is somehow hitting even worse than Wieters. A whole lot of people aren't hitting. That'll change eventually... probably.
The good news is the Orioles are going up against James Shields today, and Shields has been bad. The bad news is that Shields has been bad and the Orioles seem to save their worst efforts for mediocre-or-worse pitchers. Will today be any different? Hey, at least he's not left-handed.
Actual good news is that Dylan Bundy is starting for the Orioles today. Well, hopefully he pitches well enough that it's good news! I'm encouraged by what I've seen from him so far, but getting hopeful about a player like Bundy just means I am getting set up to be crushed later.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||CHICAGO WHITE SOX|
|Adam Jones - CF||Tim Anderson - SS|
|Hyun Soo Kim - LF||Melky Cabrera - LF|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Adam Eaton - RF|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Jose Abreu - 1B|
|Steve Pearce - RF||Justin Morneau - DH|
|Pedro Alvarez - DH||Todd Frazier - 3B|
|Matt Wieters - C||Tyler Saladino - 2B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Dioner Navarro - C|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||J.B. Shuck - CF|
|Dylan Bundy - RHP||James Shields - RHP|