Since all there is left to do during this discouraging first half is grasp at straws, you're going to have to hope that the Orioles match up better against two of the top teams in the National League West -- on the road -- than they did against the two teams that came down from New York to spend last week boosting attendance.

The San Francisco Giants are just 1 1/2 games out of first place, and they've got a solid pitching staff that has to be salivating at the thought of the virtually helpless Orioles offense. They've also got Aubrey Huff, who is hitting .303 with nine homers and 33 RBI and is heating up just in time for his old teammates.


The good news: The Giants will send their losing pitcher to the mound against Chris Tillman tonight. Jonathan Sanchez is 4-5.

The bad news: Sanchez has a 2.82 ERA.

The good news: The Giants have Joe Martinez making his season debut against Jake Arrieta tomorrow night.

The bad news: The Orioles have to face Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (6-2) in the series finale.

If nothing else, the Orioles should feel right at home at AT&T Park, which is basically Camden Yards with a couple of bridges in the background and a big Coke bottle instead of a second deck in left field. You can check it out below.

Orioles: Change of scenery

If you want to look a little farther head, the Orioles will face the division-leading San Diego Padres next weekend at Petco Park. I'm a little jealous of Jeff Zrebiec because Petco is one of the three stadiums in baseball that I still have not set foot in, and I hear it's quite a place. While they are there, the Orioles might think about kidnapping Adrian Gonzalez.