The awesome and horrible thing about baseball is the quickness with which it can veer between fun and not fun. After taking three out of four from the Yankees this past weekend, it seemed like the Orioles had found their stride, and then, of course, they came back home and promptly descended back into failure against the Blue Jays.
So far, the Orioles have scored seven runs in five home games. They have had no-hitters taken deep into the game against them twice, and had a third game that should have been a deep no-hitter if not for a generous scoring decision. It's frustrating, it's pathetic, it's almost inexplicable.
Maybe the fact that the season is only 12 games old and things are bound to regress to a greater mean is the explanation. That may be so, but that doesn't make it any more fun to watch the "bad luck" periods - if they are indeed bad luck at all. What if Chris Davis is just busted and that's why he looks so bad? What if there's a hidden injury explaining the poor performance thus far of Jonathan Schoop or Tim Beckham? Until they bust out of the slumps, it's hard not to wonder these things.
Whatever does or doesn't happen with the offense tonight, here's hoping that Kevin Gausman can continue the quality starting pitching that has been seen in the first two games of the series. More than just the Orioles bullpen still needing a little break so they're not in a crisis every night, there's the general truth that the Orioles are going to need competent starting pitching if they will eventually find success this year. So good Gausman in the first half of a season is going to be an important part of that. Let's hope we see it tonight.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Curtis Granderson - LF||Trey Mancini - LF|
|Justin Smoak - 1B||Manny Machado - SS|
|Yangervis Solarte - 3B||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Steve Pearce - DH||Adam Jones - CF|
|Kevin Pillar - CF||Pedro Alvarez - DH|
|Randal Grichuk - RF||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Aledmys Diaz - SS||Tim Beckham - 3B|
|Luke Maile - C||Craig Gentry - RF|
|Gift Ngoepe - 2B||Chance Sisco - C|
|Marco Estrada - RHP||Kevin Gausman - RHP|