It's hard for a starting pitcher to be much better than Dylan Bundy was for the Orioles last night. It's hard for the offense to be much worse than the Orioles offense was last night. Andrew Cashner will land in one place and the O's bats will land in another and that will go a long way towards figuring out whether the Orioles can beat the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
Although the Jays starter, Aaron Sanchez, is a righty, Chris Davis has been bumped down to sixth in the lineup. Those who have spent time watching his 2018 at-bats might understandably feel that even sixth is too high for Davis, though it's not like the players hitting behind him are Mike Trout or anything like that. Maybe this will matter tonight. Maybe it won't.
What's encouraging is that after this afternoon's roster move where the Nestor Cortes Rule 5 experiment was ended as he was designated for assignment, the Orioles actually have some bullpen flexibility again. For tonight, that includes Hunter Harvey, Yefry Ramirez, and Mike Wright in the game.
We probably don't want to see any of these guys pitching - that probably means the game has gone badly for the O's, with Cashner either getting injured or getting torched and bounced early. But it's nice to know that if the game does go badly, they don't have to waste innings from guys like Miguel Castro or Darren O'Day just to get through a tough game.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Curtis Granderson - LF||Trey Mancini - LF|
|Josh Donaldson - 3B||Manny Machado - SS|
|Justin Smoak - 1B||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Yangervis Solarte - DH||Adam Jones - CF|
|Steve Pearce - RF||Pedro Alvarez - DH|
|Russell Martin - C||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Kevin Pillar - CF||Tim Beckham - 3B|
|Devon Travis - 2B||Anthony Santander - RF|
|Aledmys Diaz - SS||Chance Sisco - C|
|Aaron Sanchez - RHP||Andrew Cashner - RHP|