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

The Orioles look to clinch a series win over the division rival Red Sox.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

These Orioles are tough to watch sometimes, but they have been pretty fun over the last two games. Another win tonight will make it three victories in a row and will clinch a series win over the division rival Red Sox. The members of the fan base that are rooting for the O’s to “earn” the top pick in the 2020 draft may be disappointed by this development, but let us have this moment. There will be plenty of losing to come.

Tom Eshelman is on the mound tonight. He is an anomaly among major league pitchers. His fastball tops out around 87 mph. It’s quite likely that many of the Orioles hitters can actual throw a harder fastball than the 25-year-old righty. But you have to say he makes hitters earn their way on by not issuing many free passes.

How long can he last in a sport that is dominated by high velocity pitchers and powerful hitters? So far, he has been solid (5.06 ERA. I know, it’s not great, but everything is relative). He is in the right organization to be given as many opportunities as possible.

Eshelman has a tough matchup against the Red Sox. They lead the league in runs scored and are second in MLB in walks. As with any other rookie with so few innings, every start is a new benchmark. Here’s hoping he can lead the O’s to another entertaining night of baseball.

Orioles lineup

  1. Jonathan Villar, 2B
  2. Trey Mancini, RF
  3. Chance Sisco, C
  4. Renato Nunez, DH
  5. Dwight Smith Jr., LF
  6. Anthony Santander, CF
  7. Chris Davis, 1B
  8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
  9. Richie Martin, SS

RHP Tom Eshelman