The woeful misadventures of the lifeless sacks of sadness that comprise the 2018 Orioles will continue on Saturday afternoon with a matchup against a familiar face. The Marlins starter is Wei-Yin Chen, a stalwart of two O's playoff teams who, not unlike his former MLB franchise, has fallen on harder times since those glory days.
We have seen the Orioles stink against plenty of pitchers with mediocre or worse ERAs this season. Chen has made nine starts this season and sports a 6.13 ERA while averaging fewer than five innings per game started. He has issued 22 walks in 39.2 innings. Just about everything about his 2018 season is bad. Sounds familiar, huh?
The truly sad thing is that Chen isn't even the starting pitcher with the highest ERA involved in this game. That dubious distinction belongs to O's starter Alex Cobb, sporting a 7.23 ERA in his 11 starts. Sheesh.
Chris Davis is out of the lineup again. No one is exactly clamoring to see him in the lineup again any time soon, except for those people who were morbidly fascinated to see how high he might climb on the career strikeouts list.
The Orioles will have closer to a real outfield tonight, what with Craig Gentry and Joey Rickard both out there - but then again, the two big culprits of the failed defense last night, Adam Jones and Danny Valencia, are in the exact same positions for this afternoon game. Perhaps today there will not be a grotesque mockery of defense. I'm not holding my breath, though.
|MIAMI MARLINS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Derek Dietrich - DH||Craig Gentry - RF|
|Brian Anderson - RF||Adam Jones - CF|
|J.T. Realmuto - C||Manny Machado - SS|
|Justin Bour - 1B||Danny Valencia - 3B|
|Starlin Castro - 2B||Trey Mancini - 1B|
|JT Riddle - SS||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Lewis Brinson - CF||Mark Trumbo - DH|
|J.B. Shuck - LF||Joey Rickard - LF|
|Yadiel Rivera - 3B||Austin Wynns - C|
|Wei-Yin Chen - LHP||Alex Cobb - RHP|