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Orioles-Mariners series preview: The first non-East opponent in 18 months

Quick! Name one current Seattle Mariners player. Here’s their roster. If you correctly named one player without looking, reward yourself with a cookie.

The Orioles never see much of any non-division team even in a typical year, with one home and away series against teams like the Mariners. The strange circumstances of the 2020 shortened season meant we did not get a look at them last season. A lot can change when you don’t see a team for 18 months.

When the O’s played their first home game in front of fans at Camden Yards last week, one bit of trivia that made the rounds is that no player from Thursday’s home opener was that no player from the 2019 home finale was in that starting lineup.