Are you ready for a night of baseball played by National League rules? Ready or not, it's coming, as the Orioles are back in Washington to make up a game that got rained out on a prior night where it didn't actually end up raining. The loss of a future off day was a bit of an abstract concern at the time, but here we are now and the O's could really use a day off instead.
Alas, life is not fair and neither is baseball, so they must play tonight. Alec Asher gets another shot in the starting rotation, and why shouldn't he? He held the Red Sox to two runs in 6.1 innings in his most recent start. Tonight, though Asher must face the ever-dangerous Bryce Harper, he will face a Walgreens lineup that's without two of its better hitters: Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon. Maybe that's a good sign.
The Manny Machado-less and Adam Jones-less Orioles lineup gets to go up against Joe Ross, who through six starts this season is heading in the wrong direction. Ross has pitched fewer than five innings and given up five or more runs in four of his six starts. That includes the two most recent starts, when the Padres hung five runs on Ross in four innings and the Athletics tagged him for seven runs in three innings.
That makes it another "take advantage of a struggling starter" kind of night for the Orioles, just like last night was. Of course, they didn't take advantage of the struggling starter last night but still managed to dramatically win last night's game. Let's hope they don't have a need to rely on late-inning heroics tonight.
Oh, and Chris Davis is playing third base. So help us all.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||WASHINGTON NATIONALS|
|Seth Smith - RF||Trea Turner - SS|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Wilmer Difo - 2B|
|Mark Trumbo - 1B||Bryce Harper - RF|
|Chris Davis - 3B||Adam Lind - 1B|
|Trey Mancini - LF||Matt Wieters - C|
|Joey Rickard - CF||Stephen Drew - 3B|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Michael Taylor - CF|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Brian Goodwin - LF|
|Alec Asher - RHP||Joe Ross - RHP|