Normally, I wouldn't focus a whole lot of attention on a single game in June, but I think today's series finale against the Atlanta Braves is a little more important than your average Sunday rubber game. Obviously, Dave Trembley thinks so, too, since he's going with much of his everyday lineup instead of the collection of reserves that usually play a day game after a night game.
The only exceptions (other than temporary starter Robert Andino) are Ty Wigginton at third and Gregg Zaun behind the plate, and I probably would have thrown Matt Wieters out there with the day off tomorrow and the relationship he seems to have with starter Brad Bergesen. Trembley has the catchers scheduled well in advance, which is fine, but it shouldn't be chiseled in stone.
The Orioles need to build on last night's victory and they need to get over the hump on Sundays and in the final games of series. They are just 3-17 in series finales -- which is beyond pathetic even for a rebuilding team -- and have lost nine of their last 10.
The odds aren't exactly on their side today, with Derek Lowe (7-3) going for the Braves, even though Bergesen has been pitching very well. Lowe has as many wins as the Orioles two winnings pitchers -- Jeremy Guthrie and Bergesen -- combined.
Stat of the day: Relievers Brian Bass and Dany Baez, who were considered the last two guys on the pitching staff at the end of training camp, are 8-2 combined. The rest of the pitching staff is 18-34.