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Wednesday late night Orioles game thread: at Mariners, 10:10

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The Orioles have managed to win one consecutive game against the Mariners. Maybe they can make it two on Wednesday night’s series finale.

Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

It has finally happened. Thanks to last night’s win, the Orioles are guaranteed to win more games than the 1962 Mets, the worst team there is. However, the Orioles are not yet guaranteed to have fewer losses than those same Mets, because they didn’t play a couple of games that didn’t matter at season’s end. So it would be nice if, somewhere in the rest of September, the 2018 O’s could find another pair of wins.

Maybe they will find one of them in Seattle against the Mariners tonight. Probably not, but you never know. They managed to win last night, after all, despite some bumps along the way. This happened after there was a fight in the Mariners clubhouse before the game. We cannot count on that level of drama recurring, so, the O’s might be on their own tonight.

It’s been a little while since the Orioles had a pair of starters with ERAs under 5. Alex Cobb got his below that last night. Andrew Cashner will try to stay below it tonight. And yes, I know how sad it is that getting a starter with an ERA below 5 feels like some kind of triumph. Good teams have starters all over the place with ERAs under 4. The Orioles have no one within three quarters of a run of that.

This team is depressing and there’s not much getting around that. At least they will be a depressing team that’s actually playing Cedric Mullins tonight. Here’s the starting lineup in support of Cashner:

  1. Cedric Mullins - CF
  2. Jonathan Villar - 2B
  3. Trey Mancini - 1B
  4. Adam Jones - RF
  5. Chris Davis - DH
  6. Renato Núñez - 3B
  7. Tim Beckham - SS
  8. Joey Rickard - LF
  9. Caleb Joseph - C