Game 92: Let's End the First Half on a High Note

Adam Jones is in the midst of what may be his best season, despite posting a career-worst 2.8% walk rate - and, no, that isn't a typo. The 34-year-old Nelson Cruz (the one that went unsigned until late February) is likewise in the midst of a career year, needing only five home runs to match his previous career-high (and he has three in nine July games). And Manny Machado has been tearing the cover off of the ball since his bat-throwing incident in early June. In short, the Orioles seem to be the Bizarro Yankees - at least insofar as recent luck is concerned. If a bit of that luck can rub off on the Yankees, allowing them to sweep this series, they would sit a game back of first with a much-needed four game breather coming up.

Wouldn't that be lovely?

New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles
Brett Gardner, LF Nick Markakis, RF
Derek Jeter, SS Steve Pearce, DH
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Adam Jones, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Nelson Cruz, LF
Brian McCann, C Chris Davis, 1B
Brian Roberts, 2B J.J. Hardy, SS
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Manny Machado, 3B
Yangervis Solarte, 3B Ryan Flaherty, 2B
Kelly Johnson, DH Nick Hundley, C
Hiroki Kuroda, SP Miguel Gonzalez, SP