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Tuesday night Orioles game thread: at Astros, 8:10

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The Orioles have yet to score a run off of a starting pitcher in 2018. Tonight, they face Justin Verlander. Fun!

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The Orioles enter their fifth game of the season without having scored a run off of a starting pitcher. This absurd fact remains unbelievable and true. They will try to stop that streak of failure against the Astros tonight, who will be pitching... oh, Justin Verlander.

Meanwhile, it’s Mike Wright Jr. pitching for the Orioles. No, it’s not fair. Where Verlander, who started on Opening Day for the Astros, is going on regular rest, the Orioles are going with a fifth starter in order to give Dylan Bundy an extra day of rest. I wouldn’t feel much better about the Orioles chances if it was Verlander vs. Bundy, to be honest with you, but it would be measurably less hopeless-seeming.

It is now possible that Alex Cobb could be back as soon as April 9. That would probably leave a second start for Wright on Sunday, April 8, and then he would be shuffled wherever he’s shuffled when Cobb arrives. There is another opportunity there to give Bundy an extra day of rest if they plug in a new starter after their fifth starter pitches on Sunday.

Anyway, so that’s what’s happening. The Orioles are batting .134/.231/.260 as a team and they get to face Verlander tonight. It’s early, that’s all small sample size stuff, but also, geez. You don’t want to be last in batting average, on-base percentage, AND slugging percentage. That’s what has happened with the Orioles. They’re also last in runs scored, unsurprisingly. No one is worse.

  1. Chris Davis - 1B
  2. Manny Machado - SS
  3. Jonathan Schoop - 2B
  4. Adam Jones - CF
  5. Trey Mancini - LF
  6. Colby Rasmus - DH
  7. Tim Beckham - 3B
  8. Chance Sisco - C
  9. Anthony Santander - RF