If ever there was a night for the "reverse lock" theory of sporting events, tonight would be it. Starting for one team is two-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, whose 2017 season WHIP to date is 0.910, which is eye-popping even for an NL starter who gets to face pitchers and other weak NL lineup detritus.
Starting for the other is Ubaldo Jimenez, whose lone good start of the season came against an NL team, but it's safe to say the Walgreens franchise is probably better off than the Reds lineup. Jimenez has had some lamentable seasons in an Orioles uniform and his 2017 has started off worse than any of the rest of them ended up. Will the Orioles be considering jettisoning him entirely if he keeps struggling, as our Tyler Young wrote earlier that they should?
Let's hope that tonight doesn't provide another piece of evidence in that category tonight - though of course, Jimenez could manage to pitch well and the Orioles could still lose to Scherzer. Most Orioles have not done well in their careers against Scherzer, unsurprisingly, but perhaps they can be carried by Adam Jones, who has hit .429 and homered three times in 28 career plate appearances against Scherzer. Do yourself a favor and don't look up the rest of the team's numbers.
In short, there's basically no chance of the O's winning this game unless something weird happens - but then, weird things have been happening for the last two weeks straight, so maybe the Orioles will find a way to do it.
|WASHINGTON NATIONALS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Trea Turner - SS||Seth Smith - RF|
|Jayson Werth - DH||Adam Jones - CF|
|Bryce Harper - RF||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Ryan Zimmerman - 1B||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Daniel Murphy - 2B||Mark Trumbo - DH|
|Anthony Rendon - 3B||Trey Mancini - LF|
|Matt Wieters - C||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Chris Heisey - LF||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Michael Taylor - CF||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Max Scherzer - RHP||Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP|