The Baltimore Orioles are catching a break in the American League East with the likes of Boston’s David Price potentially sitting out to start the season. There’s no if’s and’s or but’s about that. The Orioles obviously have their own concerns with Chris Tillman, however the fact that they aren’t the only one in this situation does help.
At this point, Price has yet to appear in an exhibition game, similar to Tillman. Manager John Farrell told reporters that he felt it would be tough to envision Price being ready to go on Opening Day. The difference with the Orioles is that we knew that all along with regard to Tillman. Boston’s just starting to deal with that realization now.
So in effect, one cancels the other out. Boston’s down an ace, as are the Orioles. Some might argue that’s more of an advantage for Tampa, Toronto, or New York, and they might be right. However the fact remains that one of the Orioles are going to be at less-than-full strength. And now it appears that one of their division rivals will be in the same boat.
The Birds ended up falling to Tampa yesterday afternoon, 9-6. Even with their reserves, Tampa played their normal game of bleeding the Orioles to death with simple paper cuts. They put together four consecutive two-out singles against starter Wade Miley in the first inning, which was enough to score two runs. And they were off to the races.
As we know, these small ball teams give the Orioles absolute fits. Whereas the O’s are looking to come up to bat each time and smack the ball into oblivion, teams like Tampa, Kansas City, Cleveland, and others are just looking to get on base. And the fact is that the Orioles pitch in a manner that would be consistent with a big ball team. Them’s the breaks, I suppose.
The Birds will travel to Bradenton this afternoon to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ubaldo Jimenez will get the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.