Welcome back for more misery, Orioles fans.
No sooner had the Orioles snapped their franchise record-tying 13-game losing streak than they returned to their losing ways, falling 6-3 in Boston on Saturday to drop to 4-18 on the road this season. As you might have suspected, that's the worst road record in baseball by a wide margin; all other teams have at least seven road wins. Their Saturday loss assured that they won't win the series; the Birds are still sitting on just one road series win this year.
Still, the O's can salvage a split of the four-game set if they win today, and they'll have a relatively fresh face on the mound: David Hess, who is making his second major league start (and first on the road). Hess impressed with a quality start and a win against the Rays in his debut May 12. How will he fare in an unfriendly environment against the highest-scoring team in the AL? No matter what happens, chances are it'll be better than Chris Tillman would've done.
Also of note: Chris Davis, who has struck out in six consecutive at-bats, is out of the lineup against lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea for a Davis benching to become a regular thing, and not just against lefties.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||BOSTON RED SOX|
|Trey Mancini - 1B||Mookie Betts - RF|
|Adam Jones - CF||Andrew Benintendi - LF|
|Manny Machado - SS||Mitch Moreland - 1B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||J.D. Martinez - DH|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Rafael Devers - 3B|
|Danny Valencia - 3B||Eduardo Nunez - 2B|
|Joey Rickard - RF||Brock Holt - SS|
|Andrew Susac - C||Christian Vazquez - C|
|Craig Gentry - LF||Jackie Bradley - CF|
|David Hess - RHP||Eduardo Rodriguez - LHP|