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Wednesday afternoon Orioles game thread: at Astros, 2:10

The last time the Orioles season felt fun, Dylan Bundy was the starting pitcher. He’s in action against Houston today as the O’s look to avoid a sweep.

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The Orioles have done a good job over the first week of the season showing off the many ways that baseball can hurt a fan. Their latest work, wherein Mike Wright Jr. sort of outpitched Justin Verlander and the Orioles still ended up losing the game, was a particularly impressive and horrible thing to behold.

Though they got past Verlander, things don’t get any easier today as they try to avoid a sweep in the finale while facing Astros starter Dallas Keuchel. The presence of a tough lefty has offered a face-saving excuse for Buck Showalter to get Chris Davis out of the leadoff spot and out of the lineup entirely.

The sixth game of the season is awfully early to feel like things are in “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” mode, but the way they have looked so far makes it hard to avoid that kind of dread setting in at least a little bit. Scoring six runs in last night’s game was nice. It just doesn’t matter that much, since they gave up ten runs, you know?

Yeah, these are the defending World Series champions, a tough team to play, so it’s hard to win. Maybe if the Orioles salvage one game in the series this afternoon, that will be good, and they can regroup and move on from their season from that point. They just need Bundy to pitch well with his extra day of rest, and then they just need to score against Keuchel. No big deal, right?

Here’s that new-look lineup for probably today only. Don’t worry, though, because the string quartet didn’t make it onto the lifeboats and they’re playing on:

  1. Tim Beckham - 3B
  2. Manny Machado - SS
  3. Jonathan Schoop - 2B
  4. Adam Jones - DH
  5. Trey Mancini - LF
  6. Danny Valencia - 1B
  7. Anthony Santander - RF
  8. Caleb Joseph - C
  9. Craig Gentry - CF