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Saturday Orioles doubleheader game thread: vs White Sox, 2:10 ET

Last night got rained out, so let’s play two! Matt Harvey and John Means start as the Birds have two chances to end their losing streak today.

Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox
Hopefully this is how it goes for the White Sox today.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Last night’s Orioles-White Sox matchup got postponed by rain, so today the O’s have, not one but two chances today to snap their 10-game losing streak! The last time the O’s lost 11 straight was in September 2009, when they dropped 13 in a row.

In Game 1, Matt Harvey, who’s struggled of late, takes on the White Sox and Dallas Keuchel. That sounds like a tall task, but this isn’t quite the Dallas Keuchel who won the Cy Young Award in 2015. The lefty has a 4.28 ERA on the season, his highest in five years, and his K/9 rate of 4.6 is its lowest since his first season in the majors. Keuchel has allowed three or more runs four times in his last five starts. Maybe he’s a mere mortal now. Meanwhile, for the good guys, Harvey is going to try to move past a crappy month of May, where he posted an 8.85 ERA. He had a good month of April, though, and his FIP of 4.25, two full runs less than his 6.31 ERA, suggests he’s better than the results are showing right now. I believe Harvey can turn things around.

Game 2 is Saturday’s marquee matchup. In case you’ve missed it, John Means has been awesome. Means leads the AL with a 1.79 ERA, and he’s 3-0 with an ERA of 0.94 in seven road starts. According to MASN, Means is the first O’s starter to not have a loss after 10 starts in a season since Dave McNally in 1969. With this cast of characters, that is something. Facing Means is righty Lance Lynn, who’s also been well-nigh unhittable. His ERA of 1.51 would be AL- best if he qualified on innings.

With Trey Mancini and Ryan Mountcastle both plunked by pitchers this week, the Orioles have been playing with a short bench. Fortunately, while it looks like Mancini’s elbow and Mountcastle’s hand won’t require trips to the IL, the Orioles recalled 1B Tyler Nevin last night for the start. Although Nevin’s MLB debut was postponed with the rain, he’ll get another shot at it today. Ryan Mountcastle’s hand is still sore, but he said he felt OK in BP, so he’s being activated today for the start.

Let’s go O’s!

Orioles lineup

1. Cedric Mullins CF
2. Freddy Galvis SS
3. Anthony Santander RF
4. Pedro Severino C
5. Maikel Franco 3B
6. Ryan Mountcastle DH
7. Pat Valaika 2B
8. Tyler Nevin 1B
9. Ryan McKenna LF

White Sox lineup

1. Tim Anderson SS
2. Yasmani Grandal C
3. Andrew Vaughn LF
4. José Abreu 1B
5. Yermín Mercedes DH
6. Jake Lamb RF
7. Leury García CF
8. Danny Mendick 3B
9. Nick Madrigal 2B