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Monday night Orioles game thread: at Rays, 7:10

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Tom Eshelman will make his big league debut.

Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

You would be forgiven if you had never heard of Tom Eshelman until this moment. The right-handed pitcher was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization up until a month ago, when the O’s nabbed him in exchange for international signing bonus money. Since then, he has been plying away with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, where he has amassed a 4.05 ERA and 11 strikeouts over 20 innings.

Here’s a quick Eshelman primer:

-He’s 25 years old.
-He was a second-round pick by the Astros back in 2015.
-He went to Cal State Fullerton for college.
-He owns a 4.17 career ERA in the minors over 496 total innings.
-He’s not gonna rack up the strikeouts, but may be able to give the O’s some much needed length out of the rotation.
-He’s likely headed right back to Norfolk after the game.

Eshelman could be a frequent rider of the Norfolk shuttle for the remainder of the season. In a best case scenario, he looks solid and makes more than just a few spot starts. A guy can dream!

Here are the lineup’s for tonight’s game in Tampa:

Orioles lineup

  1. Jonathan Villar, 2B
  2. Anthony Santander, RF
  3. Trey Mancini, 1B
  4. Dwight Smith Jr, LF
  5. Renato Nunez, DH
  6. Pedro Severino, C
  7. Hanser Alberto, 3B
  8. Keon Broxton, CF
  9. Richie Martin, SS

RHP Tom Eshelman

Rays lineup

  1. Austin Meadows, LF
  2. Brandon Lowe, 2B
  3. Yandy Diaz, 3B
  4. Ji-Man Choi, 1B
  5. Avisail Garcia, RF
  6. Kevin Kiermaier, CF
  7. Willy Adames, SS
  8. Brendan McKay, DH
  9. Mike Zunino, C

RHP Ryne Stanek