Tonight, the Twins get to take on somebody their own size for a change. The O’s are a sad 47-77, on pace for 101 losses per coolstandings.com.
Zach Jeremy Britton for the O’s (scheduled; he’s coming off the 15-day DL, although it was for a strain in his non-pitching shoulder)
Carl Pavanostache for the Twins.
Bal’more is tied with Minnesota and Seattle for having used the most position players this season (35 different players have had PA), but they’ve gotten much better offensive production out of all that deck-chair shuffling (team OPS+ of 99, compared to 85 for the Twinkies).
On the bright side, the O’s pitching staff leads the AL in HR allowed by a wide margin (157; Twins are tied for second at 130) and is last in the AL in “defensive efficiency” according to b-r (Twins are two rungs higher). So I’m rooting for a slugfest. How long has it been since Jimbo had a three-HR game??
(oh, and that Wieters guy? He’s hitting 261/319/404 with 12 HRs and 69:32 K:BB in 426 PA, compared to Joe’s 288/350/352, 1 HR and 33:23 in 277; so I suppose you could say that the moniker kind of fits this season)