[Down the stretch is a daily
About last night
O's drop first game of road trip to A's
Betemit (wrist) likely out for the season
Orioles players debate who's their MVP
O's can make history if they win AL East
Friday's full scoreboard
BAL 81-63 --
NYY 81-63 --
TB 78-66 3
OAK 83-61 --
BAL/NYY 81-63 --
LAA 79-66 2.5
TB 78-66 3
DET 76-67 4.5
As he showed Friday night, Yoenis Cespedes is going to be a tough match-up for any pitcher, let alone a lefty like Britton. With these games likely to remain low scoring, another blast from the Cuban defector could prove costly. He went 1 for 2 with a walk against Britton in their only meeting July 27.
Other games that matter
Tigers (Sanchez) at
Rays (Shields) at
Angels (Greinke) at
Thought of the day
You can debate whether it was a mistake for
Wherever you fall in that discussion, now's a good time to point out that basestealing is a major weakness for the Orioles -- especially in these close games.
The O's haven't been particualrly aggressive on the bases this season, and their 50 steals are the second fewest in the majors (Detroit has 49). The third-worst team, Pittsburgh, has 59 stolen bases, and the fourht-worst, the
In other words, the O's are really low in that category.
Having guys like Avery and
These Orioles will always be a three-run homer kind of team, and you wouldn't want to see them change that after it's worked for so long. But being able to add a basestealing element with their September call-ups would have added an extra weapon in these playoff-style games.
After seeing the way Avery's steal attempt worked out, it's hard to imagine that being a viable option on many occasions down the stretch.
Inside the enemy clubhouses
Tweet of the night