Thursday, May 14, 2009

Orioles Magic

Thursday, May 14- Sunday, May 17

Baltimore Orioles (14-20) at Kansas City Royals (18-16)

Pitching Matchups

Thursday: BAL - Jeremy Guthrie (2-3, 4.97)
KC - Gil Meche (2-3, 4.43)

Friday: BAL - Adam Eaton (2-3, 7.18)
KC - Zack Greinke (6-1, 0.51)

Saturday: BAL - Koji Uehara (2-3, 4.01)
KC - Kyle Davies (2-1, 5.22)

Sunday: BAL - Mark Hendrickson (1-4, 6.35)
KC - Luke Hochevar (0-1, 36.00)

The Orioles begin a 10 game road trip today in Kansas City. The O's just completed a 7 game home stand where they finished 4-3, not the best, but better than their recent efforts.

Despite their struggles for the past 11 seasons the Orioles have owned one team in Major League Baseball, the Kansas City Royals. However, this isn't your typical Royals team this year. They are currently tied for first place in the AL Central. However, they have shown signs of being the same old Royals as they enter this series losers of 5 straight.

Pitching has carried the Royals early in this season, with their most famous story being SP Zack Greinke. Greinke was put on the cover of Sports Illustrated a few weeks back and instead of succumbing to the SI cover jinx, he has thrived. Greinke just suffered his first loss of the season in his last start and even there he only gave up 1 run. A win by the Orioles on Friday against Greinke would be shocking.

Offensively, the Royals are led by 1B Mike Jacobs. Jacobs is hitting .262, with 7 HRs and 21 RBIs. Their other strong offensive presence is 2B Alberto Callaspo, who leads the team with a .324 average.

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