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Wednesday night gamethread: vs Rays, 7:05 PM

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Alex Cobb is facing his old friends tonight. Fingers crossed he mows them down!

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Orioles and Rays finally get to start their series after last night’s rainout. Will the unexpected day off help the Orioles to rest and regroup from a tough weekend series against the Indians? Let’s hope so.

Alex Cobb has made 117 starts in his major league career, 115 of them for the team that the Orioles are playing tonight. Will he be one of those players who always excels against their former team? That sure would be nice considering the Orioles and Rays will face off 18 times this season.

Of course, Cobb’s next good start for the Orioles will be his first. He hasn’t gotten out of the fourth inning in either start this year. He fell somewhat victim to a shoddy defense in his last start as he got ground ball after ground ball kept finding holes between infielders or which were botched entirely.

One thing Cobb won’t have to worry about is the questionable glove of Tim Beckham. Beckham is suffering from both a sore Achilles tendon and a strained groin and has been placed on the DL. Oof, get better soon, Tim. In his place is new Oriole Jace Peterson (not to be confused with Joc Pederson). Peterson was claimed off of waivers from the Yankees yesterday and will play second base tonight, batting ninth.

Pitching for the Rays is Jake Faria, who had a solid rookie year in 2017. His 2018 ERA is 5.82, but that’s nearly all due to one start in which he gave up eight runs in just 1.2 innings against the Red Sox. In each of his three other starts he has given up just one run.

Will the Orioles score more than three runs tonight? Will there be more than 1,000 people in the stands? Let’s find out!

ORIOLES LINEUP

  1. Trey Mancini - LF
  2. Chance Sisco - C
  3. Manny Machado - SS
  4. Adam Jones - CF
  5. Chris Davis - 1B
  6. Danny Valencia - 3B
  7. Pedro Alvarez - DH
  8. Anthony Santander - RF
  9. Jace Peterson - 2B

Let’s go O’s!