The Baltimore Orioles will open the second half of the season tonight as league play resumes across Major League Baseball. The Birds were a bit dismayed at the schedule towards the end of the first half, with in essence having to visit five different cities (including a short stop back in Baltimore). However on the flip side they get to open the second half with an eleven-game homestand, starting tonight against the Chicago Cubs.
The northsiders come to Baltimore every six years with interleague play, so there is some interest in this series. Especially with Chicago being defending World Series champions. How many times in your lifetime have you seen that term?!
In Chicago, the Birds see a team that could have struggled more so than they have. Last Sunday Chicago’s Lester gave up ten runs in .2 innings pitched to start the game (in the first inning). So their pitching hasn’t been quite up to snuff either.
However they do have strong bats, much like those of the Orioles. Speaking of which, the Birds will get Chris Davis back starting tonight, which is good news. They’re going to need a strong second half out of him if they’re going to make a run at things. But ultimately they need the pitching to smooth out.
The good news for the Orioles is that there isn’t one team in the AL East that hasn’t gone through a long losing streak this year. So the O’s are far from out of it. If they can get things ramped up quickly, they’ll be in good shape.