There's a lot of despondent people in Birdland right now, understandably so given their struggles over just about the entirety of the last month. This is not recent. It is prolonged. And even for all of that, right this moment, they occupy one of the playoff spots in the American League, though that's not going to last for much longer if they don't start winning a lot of games again.
It's tough to imagine the Orioles starting to win games like they were doing in April. This team is not OK. The offense is below average. 60% of the starting rotation is a disaster and even Wade Miley, with a respectable ERA, pitches like you expect the disaster. The Zach Britton-less bullpen is full of problems, with just about every pitcher doing worse than last season. There is no reason with a rational basis that might support the idea that any of this stuff is going to get better any time soon.
Manny Machado is out of the lineup yet again. He's another of the struggling Orioles this year, so it's not like his presence in the lineup would really solve anything, but it still stinks to have to watch the Orioles soldier on without him.
A loss today would put the Orioles 6.5 games out of first place in the AL East.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Seth Smith - RF||Brett Gardner - LF|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Aaron Hicks - CF|
|Adam Jones - CF||Aaron Judge - RF|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Matt Holliday - DH|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Starlin Castro - 2B|
|Trey Mancini - LF||Gary Sanchez - C|
|Welington Castillo - C||Didi Gregorius - SS|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Chris Carter - 1B|
|Ruben Tejada - 3B||Ronald Torreyes - 3B|
|Kevin Gausman - RHP||Chad Green - RHP|