Tuesday, April 21 - Thursday, April 23
Chicago White Sox (7-5) at Baltimore Orioles (6-7)
Tuesday: CWS - Jose Contreras (0-2, 6.97)
BAL - Brad Bergesen
Wednesday: CWS - John Danks (1-0, 0.75)
BAL - Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 4.32)
Thursday: CWS - Bartolo Colon (1-0, 3.86)
BAL - Adam Eaton (0-2, 11.25)
The Orioles return home after a dreadful weekend series against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox swept the Orioles in convincing fashion and further highlighted the pitching woes that permeate throughout the Orioles rotation. The Orioles bats cooled considerably against the Red Sox, mix that with the horrible pitching and the result was four straight losses in Boston. The Orioles played well at home in the first week of the season and hopefully can get back on track against the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox are doing alright to start the season, currently 7-5 on the year. They played very well in their weekend series at Tampa Bay, taking three of four. Offensively, they are led by RF Jermaine Dye (.370, 4 HR, 9 RBI) and LF Carlos Quentin (.02, 7 HR, 13 RBI). Mark Buehrle is the White Sox best pitcher, thankfully the Orioles will avoid him in this series.
The Orioles continue to have the top of their order hit well but they need more guys to step up. Aubrey Huff is off to a bit of a slow start, hitting just .265 and only managing 1 HR. The Orioles leading home run hitter has two, which is not good, some of these guys need to start hitting for power.
Brad Bergesen makes his debut for the Orioles tonight as they continue to try to search for a consistent starting five. Adam Eaton gets the start Thursday and he will likely need to perform well to avoid being dropped from the rotation. Losers of five straight, the Orioles are desperate for a victory.