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Friday night Orioles game thread: vs Red Sox, 7:05

Lefty John Means looks to get back on track following a poor first post-all-star-game start.

New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

It’s no secret that the Orioles pitching staff is going to have a tough time in the second half of the 2019 season. The organization is going to do its best to help the arms limp through the next few months, but the options are limited. If the team’s lone all-star, John Means, could continue what he did prior to the Midsummer Classic, that would be a huge boost.

The lefty struggled his last time out, allowing six runs on eight hits, no walks and four walks across four innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. That’s no reason to panic. Every player has bad games. But on a team this bad it’s natural for most of us in the fanbase to think that anything that seems too good to be true isn’t.

Away from the Oriole Park mound, there has been some news:

There’s a lot going on in those two tweets. The main takeaway is that Pedro Severino is sick, not being traded. Also, Jace Peterson is back with Norfolk, and one would imagine that he has a good chance of joining the big league team before the end of the month if/when Jonathan Villar is dealt. Peterson may have also negotiated a bit better terms by opting out a few days ago.

OK, onto the game...

Here are the lineup’s for tonight’s game at Camden Yards:

Orioles lineup

  1. Jonathan Villar, 2B
  2. Hanser Alberto, 3B
  3. Trey Mancini, 1B
  4. Renato Nunez, DH
  5. Anthony Santander, RF
  6. Chance Sisco, C
  7. Stevie Wilkerson, LF
  8. Keon Broxton, CF
  9. Richie Martin, SS

LHP John Means

Red Sox lineup

  1. Mookie Betts, DH
  2. Rafael Devers, 3B
  3. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF
  5. Christian Vazquez, 1B
  6. Sam Travis, LF
  7. Michael Chavis, 2B
  8. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
  9. Sandy Leon

LHP David Price