Don't look now, but the Orioles, fresh off being no-hit by Seattle Mariners soft-tossing right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, face one of the hottest pitchers in the game within the next week.
No, it's not Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray, who has flirted with no-hitters in the past. Fortunately, the Orioles miss him despite playing four games against the A's beginning Friday at Camden Yards.
Oakland will send Jesse Chavez, Chris Bassitt, Kendall Graveman and Aaron Brooks against the O's. Bassitt, you might remember, threw seven scoreless innings against the Orioles on Aug. 4. On Sunday, Bassitt gave up just one run in 6 2/3 innings agains the American League West-leading Houston Astros.
While not discounting Bassitt's chances to no-hit the O's, we think the absolute best chance to see a no-hitter at Camden Yards comes Tuesday. The Orioles are scheduled that day to face New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom, whose stuff is just filthy. On Wednesday, he threw seven scoreless innings agains the Colorado Rockies. The All-Star is 11-6 with a 2.03 ERA in 22 starts.
If deGrom reads Peter Schmuck's analysis of Iwakuma's no-hitter, he'll know he doesn't have to throw many strikes to get the Orioles swinging.
Update: Gray was scratched from today's start with back spasms, but could be available to face the Orioles this weekend. Chavez replaced Gray as Thursday's starter.