Game 14, Orioles at Mariners
Bergesen vs Fister, 7:10 pm.
The Orioles stagger in at 2-11, but this team is not Astros-bad. Their offense is suffering from some key guys off to slow starts (including Adam Jones and Nick Marakis, who are clearly better than they’ve played so far), their pitchers are allowing a .341 BABIP, and they’ve lost a couple of close games when their closers have melted down. Don’t be fooled by their record – this series won’t be a cakewalk.
Bradley’s back in left field tonight. They know how he’s feeling better than we do, but the M’s are riding him really hard so far this year, as he’s currently on place to play in 139 games. He’s only done that once, back in 2004, when he played a career high 141. And he’s playing the outfield almost exclusively at this point. This can’t be sustained forever, but as long as the M’s are committed to Griffey in the line-up, they don’t have much of a choice, as we saw how bad the offense vs RHPs can be without Bradley. This will be something to watch going forward.