June 16 — Orioles vs. Blue Jays

I don’t know who scheduled this thing for a 12:37 start but those of us who worked last night’s game, caught what was left of game seven and then tried to get in a little bit of casual rioting are sorely unhappy about it.

But that’s beside the point — the Orioles aren’t particularly happy either at this point as they’ve dropped the first two games of this series and their last 16 consecutive in Toronto.

The O’s will merely look to salvage a victory today before they head out for a swing through the National League, travelling to Washington and Pittsburgh before welcoming the Cincinnati Reds at Camden Yards  in about a weeks time.

Yes — Leaving Toronto will be  a welcome development for these Orioles and not just because of the losing streak. This entire series was played in pretty close to full scramble mode for the O’s. The pitching coach quit Tuesday before a long extra innings game that night when the Orioles couldn’t find a clutch hit. Then it was back to work the following day with a key reliever hitting the DL and a young kid who pitched his way off the roster earlier this season rejoining the team. Of course, in that night’s loss the problem with hitting was the lack thereof.

And now here we are again, a mere 14 hours after the end of Wednesday night’s game ready to go. As far as we know, no one has resigned or been moved off the roster at this point, but we’ll keep you updated.

The one update I do have for you is some probable pitchers. The Orioles have been very tight-lipped about who will be getting starts in the coming series but here’s what I’ve gleaned. Zach Britton will start Friday’s series opener against the Nationals after  having his last start pushed back. Brian Matusz will start Saturday while Chris Jakubauskas will get the start Sunday for the series finale in Washington. That would set up Jake Arrieta to open Monday’s series in Pittsburgh. So there’s that.

Before I go, just want to say it’s been a pleasure to cover the team for the last three days. It’s a very easy-going clubhouse and a great group of guys.  Don’t forget to follow me on the twitter if that’s your thing. Until next time, Baltimore.

Today’s lineups:

Orioles

  1. J.J. Hardy SS
  2. Nick Markakis RF
  3. Adam Jones CF
  4. Vladimir Guerrero DH
  5. Luke Scott LF
  6. Derrek Lee 1B
  7. Mark Reynolds 3B
  8. Ryan Adams 2B
  9. Craig Tatum C
Starting pitcher: Jeremy Guthrie (2-8, 3.77 ERA)
Blue Jays
  1. Yunel Escobar SS
  2. Corey Patterson LF
  3. Jose Bautista RF
  4. Adam Lind 1B
  5. Aaron Hill 2B
  6. Edwin Encarnacion DH
  7. Jose Molina C
  8. Rajai Davis CF
  9. Jayson Nix 3B
Stating pitcher: Zach Stewart (MLB debut)

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