We’re going to have fireworks and a laser show tonight at Camden Yards.
Finally, it’s time to celebrate the umpires making the right call after a review.
Manager Buck Showalter says the Orioles lead the majors in calls that “stand,” meaning there supposedly isn’t enough evidence to overturn them. And he’s not bragging about it.
As for tonight’s game, the Orioles will wear uniforms from 1954 as part of their 60th anniversary celebration. Chris Tillman may want to throw it back if he has a poor outing.
Who was the Orioles pitcher who threw a major tantrum and stuffed his throwback uniform in the trash? I want to say Armando Benitez, but I could be wrong.
This is the third series between the Orioles and Cardinals. St. Louis swept the Orioles in a three-game set at Camden Yards in 2011, outscoring them 20-9. Nick Markakis batted .462.
The Cardinals won two of three in St. Louis in 2003. Sidney Ponson had a complete-game victory for the Orioles. Deivi Cruz homered twice.
The Orioles haven’t lost consecutive games this season since June 28-29 against the Rays.
Tillman is making his 12th start this season at home, where he’s 2-5 with a 2.78 ERA. He’s never faced the Cardinals, but he’s 0-1 with a 6.35 in 11 games against the National League.
At least he doesn’t have to bat tonight.
Three of the current Cardinals have faced Tillman, including new catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who’s 5-for-18 (.278). Jhonny Peralta is 2-for-12 (.167) and Mark Ellis singled in his only at-bat.
The Cardinals are sending one of their new pitching acquisitions, Justin Masterson, to the mound tonight. He’s 6-5 with a 5.04 ERA in 15 games (11 starts) against the Orioles, and 2-3 with a 6.98 ERA in eight games (six starts) at Camden Yards.
Left-handers are batting .332 against Masterson this season and right-handers are hitting .222. Keep that in mind while writing out your lineup.
Ryan Flaherty is 4-for-7 (.571) with a double, home run and four RBIs against Masterson. David Lough is 3-for-8 (.375). Keep that in mind, as well.
Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis are both 4-for-16 (.250) with a home run. Davis also had two doubles.
Nick Markakis is 5-for-28 (.179) and Delmon Young is 3-for-21 (.143).
Steve Pearce hasn’t started since Aug. 2. He’s in a 4-for-35 (.114) slump over his last 10 games.
Adam Jones is in a 4-for-34 (.118) slump. He struck out three times last night.
Andrew Miller retired the Blue Jays in order last night with two strikeouts. He’s a real force in the back end of the bullpen. Pair him with Darren O’Day in set-up roles and it’s almost unfair.
If I’m Miller’s agent, I’m promoting him as a closer this winter.