Orioles skipper Buck Showalter likes to say, "Just because something's delayed doesn't mean it's denied."
He usually means that in a positive way. But for the Orioles, that expression also applies to excruciating losses.
The Orioles' loss to the Angels in Tuesday's series opener may have been delayed -- with the O's battling back in the ninth inning to erase a 2-0 deficit -- but it wasn't denied. Brad Brach melted down in the bottom of the ninth, retiring none of the three batters he faced, and Justin Upton and the Angels walked off with the victory. And so it goes for the now 8-21 Orioles.
Can Dylan Bundy help the club turn things around tonight? He's coming off his first clunker of the season, when he was torched for eight runs and 11 hits by the Rays last Thursday, but generally you have to feel pretty good about your chances when he's on the mound.
Then again, it's hard to ignore the talent difference between these two clubs. Look at the two starting lineups tonight. Is there a single position at which the Orioles are better? Maybe shortstop, but even then, Andrelton Simmons' defensive advantage over Manny Machado makes that a tight race.
Maybe it won't matter tonight. The Orioles will have to hope so.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||LOS ANGELES ANGELS|
|Trey Mancini - LF||Ian Kinsler - 2B|
|Craig Gentry - RF||Mike Trout - CF|
|Manny Machado - SS||Justin Upton - LF|
|Adam Jones - CF||Albert Pujols - 1B|
|Danny Valencia - 3B||Shohei Ohtani - DH|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Andrelton Simmons - SS|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Zack Cozart - 3B|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Kole Calhoun - RF|
|Engelb Vielma - 2B||Martin Maldonado - C|
|Dylan Bundy - RHP||Andrew Heaney - LHP|