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Thursday night Orioles game thread: vs. Rays, 7:05

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Alex Cobb is on the mound to face his former team on what looks like it should be a dry night in Baltimore.

Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Thirty wins. It’s a big milestone for a team to hit...in May. July has only a few days remaining and the Orioles are still sitting on 29 wins for the season. There are two teams in the league with between 30 and 39 wins. Everyone else has at least 42. How far down these guys are in the standings is truly astounding. Keep in mind, they were TRYING at the start of the season. Incredible.

There is a section of my brain that says once August 1 hits, the O’s will start playing better, no matter who remains in Baltimore. Cedric Mullins will probably earn a call up soon. That will be fun. Any amount of doubt in the minds of Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy about their futures should be squelched until the offseason, at least. There will be some amount of freedom that comes with the passage of the non-waiver trade deadline.

Then again, the number one pick would be pretty cool. Maybe losing isn’t so bad.

Baltimore Orioles

  1. Tim Beckham SS
  2. Jonathan Schoop 2B
  3. Adam Jones CF
  4. Mark Trumbo RF
  5. Chris Davis 1B
  6. Trey Mancini LF
  7. Danny Valencia DH
  8. Jace Peterson 3B
  9. Caleb Joseph C
  • Alex Cobb RHP

Tampa Bay Rays

  1. Kevin Kiermaier CF
  2. Danny Duffy 3B
  3. Jake Bauers LF
  4. C.J. Cron 1B
  5. Ji-Man Choi DH
  6. Joey Wendle 2B
  7. Adeiny Hechavarria SS
  8. Michael Perez C
  9. Mallex Smith RF
  • Hunter Wood RHP