One of those baseball cliches goes like this: “You’re never as good as you look when you’re winning and you’re never as bad as you look when you’re losing.” The Orioles have to hope for that second part of the sentence in particular, because they looked awful on a cold Saturday night as they lost their first game of the season.
There’s just something about sitting in the stands in cool weather in March, watching your favorite baseball team nearly get no-hit by a collection of jokers led by Kyle Gibson, that really wipes out any Opening Day optimism. And it’s not like the Orioles offense was very good even on Opening Day when they won, anyway.
They are better than this, of course. The whole thing just feels more apocalyptic because only two games have been played. If it was June right now and the Orioles just went through a bad stretch on offense for two games, one of which they managed to win, that would be irritating but not worrisome. It’s just that when there’s nothing else to talk about, what little has happened feels so much more important.
In the case of someone like Chris Davis, it’s worrisome because his finding the success that has eluded him since signing his giant contract was supposed to be one of the team’s keys to winning. That success may yet be found, but there has been absolutely no sign of it over a pair of games in the leadoff spot in which he has not safely reached base even one time. There’s not much joy to be found in the fact that he only struck out once.
Jose Berrios awaits that offense today. Unlike Gibson, he was actually good last year, which may or may not actually mean anything about this season. A sign of life from the offense would be nice, because the journey to Houston may not go very well for them, either.
For the O’s, it’ll be the first taste of action for Kevin Gausman of the season. The team really needs a bounce-back from Gausman. This is not news. They also need him to just have a decent start that isn’t short, because starting the next two games coming against the Astros are Chris Tillman and Mike Wright. There could be yet more O’s fan grumpiness by the time we see Dylan Bundy again on Wednesday afternoon.
- Chris Davis - 1B
- Manny Machado - SS
- Jonathan Schoop - 2B
- Adam Jones - CF
- Trey Mancini - LF
- Colby Rasmus - RF
- Tim Beckham - 3B
- Pedro Alvarez - DH
- Chance Sisco - C