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Can a whole series be a reverse lock?

On paper, it certainly doesn't look like September is going to go well for the Orioles, who face another apparently mismatch today when Brian Burres faces Tampa's James Shields in the finale of the three-game series against the Rays, then head to Boston to open the month at Fenway Park.

I'm already over today's game, and it hasn't even started yet. The Orioles have lost six of the last seven games that Burres has pitched in, so what exactly are we supposed to expect when he faces the team with the best record in the American League on the road. If you have to watch, at least bring some reading material.

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The O's have lost nine of their last 11 and, with four of the six games remaining on this road trip, I'm guessing you wouldn't get even money if you bet they'd win one of them. They're going into the notoriously hitter-friendly Fenway with a starting rotation of Garrett Olson, Radhames Liz and what appears to be a tired Jeremy Guthrie.

Guess I'll have to go with my old friend Jim Henneman, who loves to pick the underdog when absolutely everything points in the other direction. I'm picking the O's to win two of three in Boston.

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