Orioles start new Atkins diet
Mitch Atkins is scheduled to take the mound in a few hours against the Texas Rangers in the most homer-friendly ballpark in the major leagues this year -- an eventuality that probably doesn't fill you to the brim with confidence heading into the second game of the series.
Can't blame anybody for being fatalistic, but Atkins will have unfamiliarity on his side, so he might be able to sneak through that lineup once or twice. Does anybody remember when Chris Waters made his major league debut against the Angels under similar circumstances in 2008 and gave up just one hit over eight innings?
Does anybody remember -- without looking it up -- who got the only hit off him?
I realize that Atkins will not be making his major league debut. He had a few relief appearances in the National League. But that doesn't change my point, which is that an unfamiliar pitcher with poise can be dangerous.
I'm not going to make any predictions tonight, though I have a good feeling about Nolan Reimold, who is in the starting lineup for the second straight night and should match up well against hard-luck left-hander Matt Harrison.