Whether the Orioles are good or bad is not a question we can definitively answer as of yet. Their 2-5 record does suggest they have played badly, which is not the same thing as saying that they are bad and will remain bad. Fans can always hope for the best, and we must, because if the Orioles are actually bad, their whole plan for this season is a catastrophic mistake.
One way they might prove they are not bad is to start winning on the road against good teams. That didn't happen in Houston, though it did happen, at least on Thursday, against the Yankees. Can Kevin Gausman pitch like his teammate Andrew Cashner did against this tough Yankees lineup? Please say yes, Kevin.
Gausman was bad against the Yankees last year, bad in the first half last year, and bad in his first start this year. These trends must be reversed if the Orioles are to get somewhere. Aaron Judge has three home runs off of Gausman in 16 plate appearances, for crying out loud.
After a three-hit game in the series opener, Trey Mancini remains in the leadoff spot, this time facing the ageless wonder, CC Sabathia. The presence of the tough lefty drops Chris Davis down to sixth in the lineup, which some may still feel is too high.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Trey Mancini - LF||Brett Gardner - CF|
|Manny Machado - SS||Aaron Judge - RF|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Giancarlo Stanton - LF|
|Adam Jones - CF||Didi Gregorius - SS|
|Danny Valencia - DH||Gary Sanchez - C|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Neil Walker - 1B|
|Tim Beckham - 3B||Brandon Drury - 3B|
|Anthony Santander - RF||Tyler Wade - 2B|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Miguel Andujar - DH|
|Kevin Gausman - RHP||CC Sabathia - LHP|