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Friday night Orioles game thread: vs. Cardinals, 7:05

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The Orioles have lost 23 of their last 33 games, but hey, at least they're back in Baltimore tonight. Kevin Gausman and Carlos Martinez are the starting pitchers as the O's open up a series against the Cardinals.

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The Orioles are back at home, and not a minute too soon, because things are really going horribly for them on the road this year. Is that situation going to improve any now that they're back at home? After all, it's pretty much the same team that's been failing on the road, just now they're playing in Baltimore. I guess we'll get a glimpse of that tonight.

It's hard to keep finding words to say about these guys. They're looking like a bad baseball team by playing a whole lot of bad baseball. They can't pitch, they can't field, and they're not hitting very well either. They're not doing much of anything well except losing. They've become very good at losing, since they have, after all, lost 23 of their last 33 games. How do you even do that? Very carefully.

Some more good news is that the Cardinals have been disappointing this season, particularly on the road, so maybe the Orioles will have some kind of advantage... even though the Cardinals have a good starting pitcher on the mound in Carlos Martinez, whereas the Orioles will only be starting a pitcher who we really, really wish was good: Kevin Gausman.

Today's Lineups

Matt Carpenter - 1B Seth Smith - RF
Dexter Fowler - DH Manny Machado - 3B
Stephen Piscotty - RF Adam Jones - CF
Jedd Gyorko - 3B Mark Trumbo - DH
Yadier Molina - C Trey Mancini - 1B
Aledmys Diaz - SS Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Tommy Pham - CF Welington Castillo - C
Jose Martinez - LF Hyun Soo Kim - LF
Paul DeJong - 2B J.J. Hardy - SS
Carlos Martinez - RHP Kevin Gausman - RHP