Kevin Gausman will take the ball for the Baltimore Orioles tonight in the Bronx as the Birds open a three-game set with New York. First off, it’s pointless to look at the standings at this point in the season. Anything can still happen. However speaking for myself, this series has the feel of one to which we might look back when all’s said and done and say that it meant something.
But they all mean something, right? But when you’re bunched as closely together in the standings as the O’s, Boston, and NY, the games always mean more. The Birds are currently a game up on New York, and in first place. So that means they could end the weekend anywhere from four games up, or two games out of first.
While they’ve still managed to win games, the Orioles haven’t been scoring runs as we’ve expected. In fact, they’ve been winning in the exact opposite manner that we thought they would – with pitching. But that’s going to have to change in the Bronx, against a young team who has a sense that they could be world-beaters.
Incidentally, fans shouldn’t worry about Oriole bats. At the end of the day, they’ll be fine. This team is based on power, and yes sometimes the month of April can produce some wayward numbers or results.
The aforementioned Kevin Gausman is on the mound for the Birds tonight. He’ll be opposed by New York’s C.C. Sabathia. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.