Boy, you just wouldn't think that there were still three dozen games to go in this season, but you look at the calendar and, sure enough, there they are.
This is a four-game set with the O's, the middle chunk of an eleven-game homestand for Minnesota. The series is notable in that Baltimore (-150) is the only team in the American League with a worse run differential than the Twins (-122). The Orioles are 47-77 and have a pretty good chance of losing 100 games this year, something the franchise hasn't pulled off since 1988.
|2011 - Zach Britton||6-9||21||20||0||0||0||0||110.0||122||71||57||9||40||68||4.66||1.47|
Britton's coming off a rehab assignment, and is returning from having an inflamed left shoulder. He beat the Twins way back in April, giving up three runs in six innings and picking up his third win. The rookie's had some problems lately, though - he managed to get knocked out in the first inning of two consecutive starts, which is hard to do.
|2011 - Carl Pavano||6-9||25||25||2||0||0||0||167.1||196||93||84||15||33||73||4.52||1.37|
What can you say about Carl Pavano that hasn't already been said about Livan Hernandez? (Okay, that's not really fair.) Carl does lead the league in hits allowed, which I guess is something. That said, Pavano does throw a lot of innings, which of course is great, and he's been good in August, with a 2.01 ERA over three starts. (Though he has given up 28 hits in those starts, which means he could be a witch.)