Ahead of yesterday's game versus the Borioles, I went looking for an explanation for the Bird's hot start. Nick "Roccopolous" Markakis is off to a good start while Aubrey Huff has been kicking (and painting) asses. I wondered to myself: who hits cleanup on this team? Wait a minute, that says Kevin Millar. Going into last night's game, he had an OPS of .661 with 4 RBI. HA! I scoffed aloud. I was all ready to write a post mocking his continued employment, and the Orioles brief stay atop the AL East.
A funny thing happened on the way to 162 - 0. The apparent Ghostrunner Curse showed its ugly head once more, as Millar went 2 for 4 with a home run and 3 ribbies, much to the delight of nobody's fantasy team. My thoughts turned a pudgy hack into a Blue Jay killer in a matter of minutes!
Shawn Marcum will attempt (hedging!) to befuddle the O's tonight with his greasy charm, while Steve Traschel will lull the Jays into a somnambulant daze. His stuff isn't overwhelming, but he works slowly enough that hitters lose the will to live and give up their disciplined approach.