The current sad stretch of Orioles baseball is going to get a whole lot sadder if they manage to get swept by the Tigers this afternoon. Not that winning will do much to make it less sad, but a hot stretch has to start with one win somewhere, so maybe?
If there was going to be anything that would fuel a big game, one would hope that the offense getting to face Jordan Zimmermann is such a thing. The Tigers pitchers has not been good since signing with Detroit, with a 5+ ERA last year and over an 8 ERA through his limited action this year. That included getting a line drive off of his face in his last start. He's making this start on regular rest after that happened. No one can doubt his nerves of steel.
Meanwhile, for the O's, it's Alex Cobb. It's safe to say that the Tigers offense up to this point is not the powerhouse that the Red Sox batters have been. So along with hopefully having shaken off a bit of the rust in his initial start, he also doesn't face as tough of a task as he did in his first start.
I mean, even struggling MLB hitters are still MLB hitters, so it's not like he can just coast by these guys, but still. If Cobb starts to pitch decently - which I think he will - there will be one less thing about this team to make everything feel hopeless. Now, if they can just get things to a point where they don't have more than half of their hitters performing unbelievably poorly...
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||DETROIT TIGERS|
|Trey Mancini - LF||Leonys Martin - CF|
|Pedro Alvarez - DH||Jeimer Candelario - 3B|
|Manny Machado - SS||Miguel Cabrera - 1B|
|Adam Jones - CF||Nick Castellanos - RF|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Victor Martinez - DH|
|Luis Sardinas - 2B||James McCann - C|
|Tim Beckham - 3B||JaCoby Jones - LF|
|Anthony Santander - RF||Jose Iglesias - SS|
|Chance Sisco - C||Dixon Machado - 2B|
|Alex Cobb - RHP||Jordan Zimmermann - RHP|