Adam Jones made a point after Sunday's loss to the previously woeful Miami Marlins that the Orioles offense has not been pretty lately.
That's being kind.
During the Marlins series, the Orioles went 19 innings without scoring a run. That's terrible. That's ugly. And it was against the likes of veteran Dan Haren and the unheralded Tom Koehler.
It's not like they were facing Dallas Keuchel, the hottest pitcher in the American League.
No, that happens this afternoon, when Keuchel (pronounced KY-kull) and the Astros play the Orioles at Camden Yards in a Memorial Day special at 1:35 p.m.
So a struggling offense gets a guy who is 6-0 with a 1.67 ERA in nine starts this season. The lefty has allowed just 43 hits and 20 walks while striking out 46 batters in 64 2/.3 innings. He is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against the Orioles in his career. He's never pitched at Camden Yards.
Alejandro De Aza is 3-for-5 with two triples against Keuchel. He's done the most damage by far (Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy are both 2-for-6 against Keuchel).
Left-handed hitting Chris Davis is 1-for-6 against him and it wouldn't be surprising if Davis gets his first game off this season since sitting out Opening Day to complete his suspension. Davis' average is down to .212 on the season, but he did double Sunday in three at-bats. He also struck out and now has fanned 62 times in 146 at-bats.
If recent history holds, the Orioles are going to need to get to Keuchel or the Astros' bullpen if they want to win. The Orioles are 1-15 when they score fewer than four runs in a game this year.
Keuchel has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his nine starts this year; in the other two he gave up four runs each.