The Orioles have been playing the A.L. East almost exclusively this month, but today is the first time that they will face the Rays. And they have the good fortune of facing Chris Archer! The Orioles have actually done quite well against Archer in the past, but he's a very good pitcher so I don't necessarily think that means anything for future starts.
As for the O's starter, well, it's Ubaldo Jimenez. Ubaldo was fantastic his last time out against the Reds, and sometimes he can get into stretches where he is good. Let's hope that last game was the start of one. But still, I don't have high hopes that he'll repeat. I have hope! Just not high hope.
So far in this young season the Rays are hitting like you do not expect the Rays to hit. Their team OPS+ of 119 is second in the AL and they are averaging 4.65 runs per game. Surely that can't keep up, can it?
With a righty on the mound and Seth Smith feeling better, the lineup has a different look than we've seen of late. Welcome back, Kim and Dad!
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|TAMPA BAY RAYS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Corey Dickerson - DH||Seth Smith - RF|
|Kevin Kiermaier - CF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Evan Longoria - 3B||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Brad Miller - 2B||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Steven Souza - RF||Mark Trumbo - DH|
|Logan Morrison - 1B||Welington Castillo - C|
|Tim Beckham - SS||Hyun Soo Kim - LF|
|Shane Peterson - LF||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Derek Norris - C||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Chris Archer - RHP||Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP|