The Orioles will go for another series win this afternoon as they play their final game at US Celluar Field in 2013. They also will try again to move a season-high 12 games above .500.
The Orioles have the most road wins in the majors (69) since the start of the 2012 season. They’d like to register an even 70 before heading to the Bronx for their weekend series against the Yankees.
Britton is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two career starts against the White Sox. He’s allowed two runs and 12 hits in 14 innings.
In his only start in Chicago, on May 1, 2011, Britton permitted one run and five hits in six innings. Brent Lillibridge homered off him.
White Sox starter Jose Quintana has a limited and painful past with the Orioles. In one start, he allowed five runs and seven hits - including two home runs - in 3 2/3 innings.
Quintana is the third consecutive left-hander to start against the Orioles. It used to be a major issue for them, but the Orioles are 14-10 against southpaw starters this year.
The current Orioles are a collective 8-for-17 vs. Quintana. Taylor Teagarden is 2-for-2 with a double and home run, and he’ll start behind the plate in a day game following a night game.
Matt Wieters seems to wince each time he bats from the right side (hold the jokes). I asked about his shoulder during the last homestand, and he said that he swung awkwardly late in a game and felt discomfort for about five minutes. Then it was gone.
I wonder if it’s back. And I wonder if he’ll serve as the designated hitter today or if Nate McLouth will start in left field and Nolan Reimold will serve as the DH.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy was rubbing and flexing his right shoulder last night after making a throw in the ninth inning. He’s dealt with various levels of discomfort each season and continues to play and excel at the position.
Hardy probably could use a break. I’d suggest the All-Star break, but he’s received the most votes among American League shortstops.
You can understand why manager Buck Showalter has conflicting thoughts on the subject. He wants his players to be honored and participate in the Mid-Summer Classic, but he also knows how much they need the rest.
Hardy, Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Manny Machado play every day. Wieters, if he’s chosen, handles the bulk of the work behind the plate. A four-day reprieve would prove beneficial.
The good news is the break lasts four days instead of three.