This is a triumphant day for Dan Duquette. After several years of trying, one of his players received in an international signing bonus money dump trade is finally appearing in a game at the MLB level. Behold today's Orioles starting pitcher Yefry Ramirez, pronounced Jeffrey, who they received from the Yankees last July.
Ramirez gets a fun debut assignment, going up against a Red Sox team that's presently on pace to win 110 games. The other starting pitcher is Chris Sale. Unless things get weird, Ramirez won't face Sale directly or vice versa, but still, geez. No margin for error there. Sale has a sub-1.0 WHIP for the season and has struck out over 12 batters per nine innings. Orioles batters have struck out 606 times already this season. We can all see where this is going.
One guy who presumably won't be striking out today is Chris Davis, once again on the bench to begin the game. It's no surprise in that Davis has been getting days off against lefties here and there, and Sale is as tough as a tough lefty can get right now. It's a surprise in the sense that Davis has been horrible all season and the Orioles have seemed to be reluctant to really grapple with the reality of this.
What will they do once this stretch of off days fails to help him get right, because nothing can help him get right? I don't expect any answer next week or anything. Maybe he, too, will suffer the Chris Tillman lower back strain. This would not solve all of the Orioles problems, but it would at least solve a couple of them.
Adam Jones is also getting the day off for the O's. If the reverse lock theory has any merit, today is the day where it will kick in.
Here's the latest sad Orioles lineup:
- Joey Rickard - RF