Things arent going to get any easier for the Orioles this weekend as they head to Houston for a series against the first-place Astros. It was right about this time last year, late May but not quite Memorial Day, the Orioles got swept and everything seemed terrible for a while. This year, everything seems terrible already before the Orioles even arrive in Houston.
HOUSTON – This was Justin Verlander’s game. His team was trying for a split against one of the best teams in baseball. They were on the road, nearing the midway point of a mighty tough road trip and early on, the Detroit Tigers’ resurgent offense spotted their ace right-hander a three-run lead. Verlander was terrific through three innings, cruising at 32 pitches. Then the fourth inning rolled around and he lost the game. A walk. A home run. A single. A home run. A few batters later, another home run. The lead? Gone. Sure, they would catch up. They would lose in somewhat back-breaking fashion, when righty reliever Alex Wilson allowed a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, falling 7-6 to
ESPN.com The Pittsburgh Pirates haven't won the World Series since 1979. The New York Mets haven't won since 1986. And the Cleveland Indians have been waiting since 1946. Add them to the list of teams that have never won the championship -- Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies -- and you have a lot of fan bases waiting for a big parade. So which one of these teams is most likely to win the World Series next? Get your vote in now! Then, ESPN's Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone and Buster Olney will make their picks during Sunday's game between the Pirates and Mets (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET).