On Monday night, the Orioles got the best of the Mariners in large part thanks to a trade made between the two teams. They knocked the stuffing out of Yovani Gallardo. Here on Tuesday night, another starting pitcher who's been involved in a trade between these two teams will take the mound: Wade Miley. Here's hoping he does much better than Gallardo.
The elusive .500 mark awaits the Orioles if they can find a way to win this game. Well, they have reached it before, but they need to get back there if they're ever going to reach the more-elusive above-.500 mark. They have not been there since June 11. It's ridiculous to say that and then also talk about how the Orioles are only two games out of a wild card spot, but it's true.
Starting for the Mariners is 31-year-old journeyman lefty Andrew Albers, who has a total of 17 MLB games under his belt. The Mariners acquired him from the Braves just within the last few days in order to give him an opportunity to start this game. They're hard up for starting pitchers, and pitchers generally.
Here's how hard up. The Orioles, who all would agree have had a chaotic pitching staff this season, have used 24 pitchers. Albers will become the 37th different pitcher that Seattle has used at the MLB level this season. I mean, wow.
So anyway, the Orioles basically must win this game... and also, because of that, they're probably going to be frustrating and lose.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||SEATTLE MARINERS|
|Tim Beckham - SS||Jean Segura - SS|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Guillermo Heredia - LF|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Robinson Cano - 2B|
|Adam Jones - CF||Nelson Cruz - DH|
|Trey Mancini - LF||Danny Valencia - 1B|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Mike Zunino - C|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Leonys Martin - RF|
|Welington Castillo - C||Danny Espinosa - 3B|
|Joey Rickard - RF||Jarrod Dyson - CF|
|Wade Miley - LHP||Andrew Albers - LHP|