Here we are. The Orioles have a chance to have history all to themselves if they give up 5+ runs again in this Saturday afternoon contest. They have already tied the MLB record by giving up so many runs in 20 games in a row. That was last done in 1924. Today, they can go for number 21. Then, they won't have to share. The pitching staff of the 2017 Orioles would essentially officially be the worst pitching staff of all time. That may be true even if they don't give up 5+ runs tonight.
If there's one thing to give some hope that maybe the Orioles will not end up with such infamy belonging solely to them, it's that Dylan Bundy is pitching tonight. He has been pretty much the only non-horrible Orioles starting pitcher for most of the season. Yet even Bundy has scuffled heavily in June. His ERA for the month, across four starts, is 6.64. He has gone five innings or fewer in three of the four starts. That means bullpen scrubs. And bullpen scrubs means more runs.
It would be quite like the Orioles to finally break the streak and yet still lose the game. I wrote this yesterday and I'll write it again today. They will need to score some runs against a guy whose name I have never seen before right now: Rays starting pitcher Jacob Faria, who will be making his fourth ever MLB start. Yeah. You understand.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Seth Smith - RF||Mallex Smith - CF|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Corey Dickerson - DH|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Evan Longoria - 3B|
|Adam Jones - CF||Logan Morrison - 1B|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Steven Souza - RF|
|Trey Mancini - 1B||Wilson Ramos - C|
|Welington Castillo - C||Shane Peterson - LF|
|Joey Rickard - LF||Tim Beckham - SS|
|Paul Janish - SS||Daniel Robertson - 2B|
|Dylan Bundy - RHP||Jacob Faria - RHP|