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Friday night Orioles game thread: at Buffalo Blue Jays, 7:07

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The Orioles will try again to stop their road losing streak on Friday night as they get a rematch against should-be-suspended Alek Manoah.

Baltimore Orioles v Cleveland Indians
Matt Harvey has not gotten through the fifth inning since May 1.
Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. The Orioles are playing the Blue Jays on the road tonight and Matt Harvey is pitching. Harvey has not completed five innings in any start since May 1. The only good news about this is that the O’s were able to call up two fresh relievers for the game in the form of Australian lefty Alexander Wells and right-handed journeyman Konner Wade.

The Orioles road futility streak is well documented by now. Last night’s loss was the 20th straight road loss for the team. Maybe the most interesting angle to the night will be whether the MLB record-holding Diamondbacks, who are at 23 straight road losses and counting, are able to snap their own streak when they play the Padres later tonight. If the Diamondbacks win and the Orioles lose, the O’s will be “on the clock,” so to speak.

What remains funny to me is neither the Orioles nor Arizona has the worst road record this year. The Rockies are 6-28. They’re just sprinkling in their few wins better.

As for tonight’s game... you know. The Orioles are what they are. Last night’s box score was just so 2021, as the O’s were merely outhit 10-7 by the Blue Jays. However, the Blue Jays got nine runs while the Orioles were shut out. The Orioles went 0-9 with runners in scoring position and are now batting .233/.308/.342 in those situations for the year.

It is brutal, and there is no stopping it, or at least not until there are significant improvements to the roster or the season ends. The first feels unlikely, though I’m still hoping Jahmai Jones time will come soon, and as for the second, there are 87 games left to play.

Orioles lineup

  1. Cedric Mullins - CF
  2. Freddy Galvis - SS
  3. Trey Mancini - DH
  4. Ryan Mountcastle - 1B
  5. DJ Stewart - LF
  6. Austin Hays - RF
  7. Maikel Franco - 3B
  8. Stevie Wilkerson - 2B
  9. Pedro Severino - C

Anthony Santander, as you can see, is once again out of the lineup. The outfielder has played in 20 games so far in June and is batting .197/.247/.296 for the month. In addition, his still-ailing ankle has at times cost the Orioles on defense.

Blue Jays lineup

  1. Marcus Semien - 2B
  2. Bo Bichette - SS
  3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - 1B
  4. Teoscar Hernandez - DH
  5. George Springer - CF
  6. Cavan Biggio - 3B
  7. Randal Grichuk - RF
  8. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. - LF
  9. Reese McGuire - C

Alek Manoah, who is appealing the suspension he was given for throwing at the Orioles last week, is pitching here.