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Saturday night Orioles game thread: at Royals, 7:15

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Dylan Bundy will try to right the ship against the Royals, who torched him for seven runs in a seven-batter span the first time he faced them this year.

Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

The race for MLB’s worst record continues tonight in Kansas City as the O’s and Royals play the second game of their three-game set. The Royals struck the first blow last night — or perhaps you could say the Orioles struck the first blow in cementing the 2019 No. 1 pick — with a decisive 9-2 victory over the Birds. The Royals are now 3.5 games better than the Orioles.

Last night, the O’s got dominated by little-known rookie right-hander Brad Keller. So tonight the Royals are doubling down on the little-known rookie right-handers, sending Heath Fillmyer to the mound. Will he similarly dominate the Orioles? Will I get through my game recap without accidentally calling him “Phil Heathmyer”? These are questions I cannot yet answer.

The O’s were relatively quiet on their first day of September roster expansion, calling up only one player, utility man Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Norfolk. They did not, as I would’ve hoped, call up a starting pitcher who would allow them to shut down the clearly ailing Dylan Bundy for the season. Bundy takes the mound tonight carrying an 8.87 ERA since the start of July and a league-worst 34 home runs allowed this season. The last time he faced the Royals, he faced seven batters, got none of them out, and allowed four homers.

Yeah...this is gonna go great.

  1. Cedric Mullins CF
  2. Jonathan Villar 2B
  3. Trey Mancini DH
  4. Adam Jones RF
  5. Chris Davis 1B
  6. Tim Beckham SS
  7. Renato Nunez 3B
  8. John Andreoli LF
  9. Austin Wynns C

SP Dylan Bundy