It is Friday night and the Orioles are in Kansas City for some baseball. They will face a left-handed starting pitcher for the whopping fifteenth time so far this season - which is really kind of remarkable when you consider that the Nationals, who the Orioles just played, have only faced a lefty starter in three games all year. That's ridiculous.
It's Danny Duffy facing the Orioles tonight. He's been good to start the season. The Royals offense has not been good, only just very recently making it over the 100 runs scored mark.
Whether because of the lefty or for some other reason, Chris Davis is getting the night off. He could probably use a day off just in general and it might as well be tonight. This gives Trey Mancini the shot at first base and a semi-real outfield of Joey Rickard, Adam Jones, and Craig Gentry. I don't have high hopes for Rickard in the cavernous expansive outfield in Kansas City, but he and the Orioles are always capable of surprising me.
Dylan Bundy has yet to have a game where he did not pitch a quality start of six innings or more and three earned runs or fewer. Which makes me nervous that he's due to have a bad game, although you know that's because I don't know how to feel good about the Orioles. Also, Duffy is going to no-hit them tonight.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||KANSAS CITY ROYALS|
|Joey Rickard - LF||Alcides Escobar - SS|
|Adam Jones - CF||Mike Moustakas - 3B|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Lorenzo Cain - CF|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Eric Hosmer - 1B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Salvador Perez - C|
|Trey Mancini - 1B||Jorge Soler - RF|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Brandon Moss - DH|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Whit Merrifield - 2B|
|Craig Gentry - RF||Alex Gordon - LF|
|Dylan Bundy - RHP||Danny Duffy - LHP|