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Wednesday night Orioles game thread: vs. Pirates, 7:05

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The Orioles look to close out their short series with the Pirates with a win on Wednesday night. They will have a good chance of doing so, if Wade Miley outpitches Chad Kuhl, which sure ought to be what happens.

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Let's be honest, the Orioles stole a game yesterday that they weren't supposed to win and probably shouldn't have won. They do not have to give back the victory, but sooner or later their luck will even out for this largesse. Hopefully not tonight, which is a game the Orioles themselves definitely ought to win.

Any time you look at a game where your own starting pitcher - Wade Miley in this case - has an ERA under 3 and the other team's starting pitcher - Chad Kuhl in this case - has an ERA over 6 in the National League, there is only one acceptable outcome there.

Kuhl, 24, is right-handed and does not fit into the junkballer category. His fastball has averaged 94.7mph, according to Fangraphs, and he averages fewer than five innings per game started. There is no particular reason for him to be kryptonite for the Orioles hitters, other than the fact that we all remember all of the times that the Orioles look like crap against a crummy pitcher for no apparent reason.

Surely the cool weather will not do any favors to a homer-dependent Orioles offense on Wednesday night. But even so, a team that wants to pretend it's a contender - and indeed, at this moment, IS a contender, in an AL Wild Card spot - should be knocking the stuffing out of Kuhl.

As of this writing, there's not a Pirates lineup posted, but here's the Orioles lineup for you: