There can be some small bright spots even in the dark that has been the 2018 season for the Orioles. One of those bright spots was found in the first game of their Monday doubleheader of the Yankees, when they actually managed to win. The O's are now 4-3 against the Yankees this year. Let's all channel Nelson Muntz from The Simpsons: HA HA!
Not that it means the O's will win in the nightcap or even play well, but hey, for these jokers, winning one out of two games is a miracle of its own kind. And the first game was the one they probably should have lost, what with the Yankees sending CC Sabathia against Jimmy Yacabonis. But things got weird in a way that worked out for the O's. The only people who can complain about that are the ones who want to see the O's get the #1 draft pick. The desire is understandable, but I still want to see the Orioles win as much as they can. It's more fun.
It's Yefry Ramirez pitching in the nightcap. It may be fair to say that the Yankees did not play their A-list lineup in the first game, perhaps thinking that they wouldn't need it. They were wrong about that. Too bad!
The lineup as the O's face Luis Cessa in the second game of the doubleheader:
Tim Beckham - 3B
Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Manny Machado - SS
Mark Trumbo - DH
Chris Davis - 1B
Danny Valencia - RF
Jace Peterson - LF
Joey Rickard - CF
Chance Sisco - C
This ersatz defense will be attempting to support the pitching efforts of starter Yefry Ramirez, a former Yankees farmhand.