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Friday night Orioles game thread: vs. Angels, 7:05

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Brace yourself for another Dan Straily start. Shohei Ohtani will play against the O’s tonight, which is cool.

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Someone, somewhere may be able to muster some excitement for an Orioles game where Dan Straily is the starting pitcher. I am not that person.

In six games as an Oriole, he’s sitting on a 7.43 ERA and, amazingly, an even worse FIP of 8.00, probably because he’s only struck out 11 batters while walking 10 in 23 innings. When batters do make contact, it hasn’t gone well for him, with Straily having contributed eight of the team’s 80 home runs allowed. He is here to eat innings and he’s not even really doing that. I wonder how much longer they will give Straily to try to straighten out to at least like, David Hess level.

The home run thing is almost the most compelling plot of any given Orioles game. It seems a near-certainty that they will break the record of 263 home runs allowed by the 2016 Reds. Every game where they allow one or zero home runs puts their on pace date to break the record farther off; every game where they allow two or more home runs brings that date closer.

There are a variety of dudes on the Angels who might hit home runs. Mike Trout needs no further introduction. A couple of random jabronis like Kole Calhoun and Tommy La Stella have nine home runs each.

The Orioles pitching staff being what it is, it’d also be completely in character to go serving up taters to, say, poor-hitting first baseman Justin Bour. Maybe an O’s pitcher will allow Shohei Ohtani’s first home run of the season. That would at least be different and almost a little fun to see. I hope it doesn’t rain.

Tonight’s O’s lineup:

  1. Jonathan Villar - SS
  2. Trey Mancini - RF
  3. Dwight Smith Jr. - LF
  4. Rio Ruiz - 3B
  5. Stevie Wilkerson - CF
  6. Chris Davis - 1B
  7. Renato Núñez - DH
  8. Hanser Alberto - 2B
  9. Pedro Severino - C

And in different uniforms, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who don’t go by that name any more but are still stuck with it forever:

  1. Tommy La Stella - 2B
  2. Mike Trout - CF
  3. Shohei Ohtani - DH
  4. Andrelton Simmons - SS
  5. Brian Goodwin - LF
  6. Kole Calhoun - RF
  7. Jonathan Lucroy - C
  8. Justin Bour - 1B
  9. David Fletcher - 3B

Pitching for the Angels is Trevor Cahill, who has been sporadically good in his 11-year MLB career but so far in 2019 has been pretty bad. Just, not worse than Straily by ERA. And he hasn’t gotten to pad his stats against the Orioles offense yet.