Thank you for tuning in for another night of Orioles baseball. You masochists.
The Orioles are 6-19, they've lost 10 of their 11 last games, and they're currently working on their third losing streak of five or more games this year. The season is not even a month old!
Despite it all, here we are, spending our Friday night watching the Orioles give it another go. Perhaps we need a new hobby.
Two long streaks are in play tonight -- not just the Orioles' losing streak, but Chris Tillman's stretch of 22 consecutive starts without a victory. Last year, the Orioles' offense managed to bail him out with a no-decision in 11 of his 18 winless games. This year's Orioles' offense has not been as kind. The O's enter the night with the worst OPS in the AL (.655), so when Tillman struggles -- as he usually does -- he has nothing to hide behind.
Tonight's lineup surprisingly features righties Caleb Joseph and Craig Gentry instead of lefty Chance Sisco and switch-hitter Anthony Santander, even though the O's are facing a righty, Mike Fiers. With two southpaws starting the next two games, Gentry and perhaps Joseph could end up starting every game of the series. Since the Orioles are essentially out of contention already, I'd be starting the youngsters Sisco and Santander as much as possible. But what do I know?
|DETROIT TIGERS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Leonys Martin - CF||Trey Mancini - LF|
|Jeimer Candelario - 3B||Jace Peterson - 2B|
|Miguel Cabrera - 1B||Manny Machado - SS|
|Nick Castellanos - RF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Victor Martinez - DH||Chris Davis - 1B|
|JaCoby Jones - LF||Danny Valencia - 3B|
|James McCann - C||Pedro Alvarez - DH|
|Jose Iglesias - SS||Craig Gentry - RF|
|Dixon Machado - 2B||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Mike Fiers - RHP||Chris Tillman - RHP|