The Baltimore Orioles open up a three-game set at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Rays this evening. While the O’s swept Tampa at Camden Yards a couple of weeks ago, they haven’t been an easy opponent for the Birds to play of late. Or ever, for that matter.
Tampa always seems to have the element of surprise on their side. They do things in games that seem to catch everyone by surprise. They put outfielders in motion in the field because analytics say such-and-such makes for a better shot at getting the batter out. Whatever it takes.
I suppose the point here is that the Birds should expect the unexpected when playing Tampa. Even when you catch onto some of their antics, they just find another way. So you have to be ready for all possibilities.