Will the Orioles finally beat Jon Lester?

So the Orioles have only one game left in the season.

It seems like yesterday we were at Tropicana Field on Opening Day learning that Brian Matusz would be placed on the disabled list with a muscle strain.


OK, no it doesn't. That seems like it was six years ago. Maybe seven.

Point is the Orioles' season has one game left. And if they win it, they may have stopped the far-from-beloved Boston Red Sox from continuing their season.


I already know what you guys think of that.

But this is going to be a real test for the Orioles, who have become September's super spoilers. To win Wednesday, though, they'll have to at least make it a game against Jon Lester, the Red Sox lefty who is 14-0 with three no decisions and a 2.33 ERA in his career against the Orioles.

That's the longest winning streak by one pitcher to begin his career against the Orioles in the franchise's history. It's also the longest active win streak by one pitcher against a singular opponent in baseball.

But maybe this isn't the same Lester; he gave up eight runs in 2 2/3 innings in his last start on Saturday against the New York Yankees and he'll be pitching on three days' rest. And his previous 14 wins were against those doormat Orioles, not these resurgent, I'm-not-afraida-you Orioles.

OK, I kid again. But this is baseball. We know anything can happen, even the truly improbable. (Remember when the Orioles swept the Texas Rangers in Arlington last July and Cesar Izturis homered off Cliff Lee in his Rangers' debut?)

So maybe there will be another shock Wednesday. Or are you not buying it?

Daily Think Special: Do the Orioles finally beat Jon Lester?