Orioles on deck: What to watch Saturday vs. Diamondbacks

Orioles (83-71) vs. Diamondbacks (64-89)

Where: Camden Yards


First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles LHP Wade Miley (8-13, 5.65 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (8-13, 4.66 ERA)

What to watch

1. You're saying there's a chance: The Orioles have to hope Friday night's come-from-behind win was the start of something rather than a blip amid a slump. After winning in 12 innings, the Orioles managed to stay within 1 1/2 games of the wild-card-leading Toronto Blue Jays and a half-game of the Detroit Tigers. And now the Orioles enter tonight with a chance to recapture the second wild card after the Tigers' late collapse against the Kansas City Royals this afternoon. The Boston Red Sox also won Friday, maintaining a seven-game lead over the Orioles with eight games to play. The Orioles also held their 1 1/2-game cushion over the Seattle Mariners and extended their lead over the Houston Astros to two games.

2. Hope for the best: Wade Miley starts tonight, and if the Orioles get the pitcher who allowed one hit over four scoreless innings before leaving with a mild back strain Sunday, they'll be thrilled. Miley, who pitched his first four -- and best -- major league seasons with the Diamondbacks, faces his former team for the first time in his career. Miley has a 7.55 ERA in nine starts with the Orioles.

3. RISP takers: Even after Friday's win, the Orioles have scored three runs or fewer in seven straight games. During that time, they are an abysmal 3-for-34 (.088) with runners in scoring position, including 1-for-9 on Friday night. The offense will need to be much better than that in such situations if the Orioles want to heat up and get into the playoffs.

Orioles lineup

CF Adam Jones
1B Chris Davis
3B Manny Machado
RF Mark Trumbo
DH Trey Mancini
2B Jonathan Schoop
C Matt Wieters
SS J.J. Hardy
LF Drew Stubbs