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Wednesday afternoon Orioles game thread: vs. Angels, 3:37

The Orioles take on the Angels in their series finale on Wednesday afternoon. Kevin Gausman pitches for the O's, while rookie Troy Scribner makes his second MLB start for the Angels.

Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

After a bummer of a game on Tuesday night, the Orioles need to show up and pick up a win against the Angels in the series finale. If they do, they will get back to .500 in time to head for four games in Oakland.

I don't want to alarm you, but the O's will be facing an Angels starter, Troy Scribner, who will be pitching in just his fourth ever MLB game and making only his second big league start. This is not the sort of thing that you ever want to hear for a guy the O's will face, because it seems like those are the guys they have the most problems with.

Scribner has a total of eight MLB innings, so it's not really worth analyzing tendencies in any great detail. He's walked a few more batters than you'd like and he's given up a couple of homers. We'll see how it all goes.

The O's will turn to Kevin Gausman. He's now had four good starts in a row. That's the kind of thing the Orioles really need in order to get themselves going again.

They are now 1.5 games behind three different teams for the second wild card spot. The Orioles can gain a game on any of those three if the O's win and they lose, but they can only pull themselves within a half game of the wild card if they win and all three lose. The Mariners play the Athletics this afternoon, while the Rays play the Red Sox and the Royals play the Cardinals later tonight.

Today's Lineups

Adam Jones - CF Ben Revere - CF
Manny Machado - 3B Mike Trout - DH
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Andrelton Simmons - SS
Chris Davis - 1B Kole Calhoun - RF
Mark Trumbo - DH C.J. Cron - 1B
Trey Mancini - LF Luis Valbuena - 3B
Tim Beckham - SS Cesar Puello - LF
Welington Castillo - C Kaleb Cowart - 2B
Joey Rickard - RF Juan Graterol - C
Kevin Gausman - RHP Troy Scribner - RHP