We have arrived in what passes for a respite in the Orioles April schedule. The Tigers are not expected to be any good and thus far they have been no good. In that way, they are not unlike the Orioles, who were not expected to be any good and thus far have been no good. Left with no other choice, fans and the front office have had to try to believe in this team. The offense has given little reason to believe in it thus far - not that you needed me to tell you.
Is it the cold weather? Maybe it doesn't help any. And it's not going to be any warmer out in Detroit on Tuesday night. Temperatures could end up being below freezing after a little while. There is inclement weather on the way that has already forced Wednesday night's game to be moved up to Wednesday afternoon at 1:10 - so it's going to be a mid-week "sleep fast" kind of situation for the team.
Cold is not so great for getting a good slider grip, or so we heard after Andrew Cashner's first Orioles start and so we may hear again tonight. The good news for the Orioles, as mentioned, is that the Tigers are basically Miguel Cabrera and a bunch of jabronis, and even Cabrera isn't hitting well so far.
This is the time to win a couple of games, score some runs, and get a little bit of positive momentum. I don't know if the Orioles have it in them to do that. Standing in their way tonight is lefty Francisco Liriano, who's sporting a 2.13 ERA through his first two starts. He hasn't struck out many batters yet, though - either a sign that the Orioles will finally not strike out 10+ times or a sign that they will be all the more infuriating as they get no-hit through six innings and strike out 10+ times.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||DETROIT TIGERS|
|Trey Mancini - LF||Leonys Martin - CF|
|Craig Gentry - RF||Jeimer Candelario - 3B|
|Manny Machado - SS||Miguel Cabrera - 1B|
|Adam Jones - CF||Nick Castellanos - RF|
|Danny Valencia - DH||Victor Martinez - DH|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Niko Goodrum - LF|
|Tim Beckham - 3B||James McCann - C|
|Luis Sardinas - 2B||Jose Iglesias - SS|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Dixon Machado - 2B|
|Andrew Cashner - RHP||Francisco Liriano - LHP|