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Game 135 Thread: Orioles v Royals

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Battle of the least worst

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals
Aug 31, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield (15) slides safely into home as Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph (36) waits for the throw in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won 9-2.
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The Kansas City Royals are a bad baseball team. They are on pace for 110 losses, which would easily be the worst season in franchise history. However, things are looking up a bit. Washed-up veterans like Lucas Duda, Jason Hammel, Alcides Escobar, Drew Butera, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Blaine Boyer, and Justin Grimm have been traded, injured, or seen their roles slashed and replaced with a cabal of rookies and youngsters. The Royals are 5-1 over their last six games, and with a win tonight or tomorrow can secure their third consecutive series win for the first time all year.

The Baltimore Orioles are also a bad baseball team, but things are an order of magnitude more dire for them. Not only are they worse, on pace for a depressingly high 114 losses, but they are not operating in the glow of recent back-to-back American League pennants and a World Series victory like Kansas City is. Furthermore, Baltimore has not been able to string together much success. And, oh yeah, they occupy the same division as baseball titans the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, dimming their future prospects considerably.

Tonight, the two worst teams in baseball collide again, and the Royals have a chance to separate themselves from Baltimore and save face—or a chance to compete for the first overall pick in the 2019 MLB draft.

I’m hoping for the former. I’m tired of losing. But, hey, when the team is this bad, nothing really matters and everything ends. Eat Arby’s.

Kansas City Royals lineup:

Baltimore Orioles lineup:

Are these O’s Royal? Who knows. Let’s see.