The only question that needs to be asked before any given 2018 Orioles game is: How will they lose this one? The O's could fall back on a familiar avenue of losing or they could blaze the trail as they have done so many times before in this disaster of a season.
What makes tonight's game interesting is it marks the return of Dylan Bundy from the disabled list. Hopefully that proves to be a good thing for both Bundy and the Orioles. Bundy was good in June, unlike most of the Orioles. Maybe he can be good again in July!
Bundy being good may not matter much for the outcome of this game if the Orioles offense continues to be its worthless 2018 self. Prior to Thursday's game, the MASN broadcast cut to the core of the problem for the Orioles. Among all AL teams, the Orioles have the following: Most games scoring three or fewer runs, most games scoring two or fewer runs, most games scoring one or no runs.
That's a tough thing to accomplish. The Orioles are just that bad. They mostly can't hit. They mostly can't field. Sometimes their bullpen is bad. And so they have lost a whole lot of games and will lose a whole lot more before the season draws to a merciful end.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||MINNESOTA TWINS|
|Tim Beckham - 3B||Joe Mauer - DH|
|Adam Jones - CF||Eddie Rosario - LF|
|Manny Machado - SS||Brian Dozier - 2B|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Eduardo Escobar - 3B|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Logan Morrison - 1B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Jorge Polanco - SS|
|Trey Mancini - LF||Max Kepler - RF|
|Joey Rickard - RF||Jake Cave - CF|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Mitch Garver - C|
|Dylan Bundy - RHP||Lance Lynn - RHP|