The season is 18 games old now and the Orioles have yet to lose a series. That's pretty good, right? They'll have a chance to keep that streak going with a win tonight against the Rays - or a win tomorrow, for that matter, but here we are ready to watch baseball tonight, so a win tonight sounds much better, doesn't it?
Whether a game will be played at all is going to be dependent on the weather. Orioles beat writers have been pestered all day with questions about the rain. The afternoon's substantial downpour has now tapered off significantly and it's looking like they'll be able to get in a game under similar conditions to last night - damp, occasionally rainy, kind of miserable baseball-watching weather.
Hopefully that doesn't affect tonight's Orioles starting pitcher, Wade Miley, as it seemed to affect Ubaldo Jimenez last night. Well, that was one explanation offered by Jimenez, although when the same question was posed to manager Buck Showalter in the post-game interview, he appeared to shake his head a couple of times before replying doubtfully, "I guess it's possible." Caleb Joseph is once again catching for Miley. Maybe he'll get an RBI tonight. Probably not.
If you're looking for some slumping Orioles to bust out of the doldrums, that's a good hope to have, but based on results to date against Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez, maybe not realistic. Mark Trumbo, for instance, is 1-17 off of Ramirez. Jonathan Schoop's 2-15 isn't much better. The only two guys who have hit him well are Chris Davis and Seth Smith.
|TAMPA BAY RAYS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Steven Souza - RF||Seth Smith - RF|
|Kevin Kiermaier - CF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Evan Longoria - 3B||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Brad Miller - 2B||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Rickie Weeks - DH||Mark Trumbo - DH|
|Logan Morrison - 1B||Hyun Soo Kim - LF|
|Tim Beckham - SS||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Derek Norris - C||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Peter Bourjos - LF||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Erasmo Ramirez - RHP||Wade Miley - LHP|