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Sunday afternoon Orioles game thread: at Rockies, 3:10

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David Hess having to pitch in Coors Field almost seems like punishment for him and for us.

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If you scour the entirety of pitchers in MLB this season, you will not find anyone who has given up more home runs than today’s Orioles starter, David Hess. The 17 homers that Hess has allowed make him the worst at giving up homers in the league - at least so far.

Cruelly for Hess, he must attempt to start to reverse this homer-happy trend in today’s start, where he is in the homer-happy mile high environment of Coors Field. This is not a great scenario, unless you are a Rockies fan who likes watching your team hit a bunch of homers. So far this series, we’ve already seen Trevor Story hit his 100th home run and Nolan Arenado hit his 200th home run.

The possibility lurks distantly for former Oriole Mark Reynolds to reach the 300 home run milestone today. He sits at 298. The veteran hasn’t homered since May 9 and hasn’t gotten more than one plate appearance in a game since May 17, and is not in the starting lineup today, so it’s not very likely that this would happen... but if anyone can find a way to make it happen, it’s Orioles pitchers.

Chris Davis continues to sit out of the Orioles lineup as the team aims to get him some time to hopefully get himself back in the position he was in a month ago where he emerged briefly from two years of miserable performance.

Here’s the O’s starting lineup for today:

  1. Jonathan Villar - SS
  2. Trey Mancini - RF
  3. Dwight Smith Jr. - LF
  4. Renato Nunez - 1B
  5. Rio Ruiz - 3B
  6. Hanser Alberto - 2B
  7. Keon Broxton - CF
  8. Austin Wynns - C
  9. David Hess - P