These guys could be due to break out any game now. Perhaps today against Chris Tillman:
Cleve lineup vs. O's: Bourn CF Swisher 1B Kipnis 2B Santana DH Brantley LF Cabrera SS Kubel RF Gomes C Chisenhall 3B Jimenez RHP— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) September 3, 2013
The only Cleveland batter with any significant action against Tillman is Nick Swisher, who accumulated 20 plate appearances against him. He has a double and a home run as part of a 5-17.
Orioles hitters will be looking to make it three wins in a row. They'll be sending this lineup up against Ubaldo Jimenez:
O's lineup vs. Cleve: Roberts 2B Machado 3B Davis 1B Jones CF Wieters C Morse DH Markakis RF Hardy SS McLouth LF. Tillman RHP— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) September 3, 2013
Why is Nate McLouth batting ninth? Maybe because he's only 3-25 off of Jimenez in his career, though one of the hits was a home run. He is the best/only left field option for the O's, so even in an unfavorable matchup like that, he should probably be the one playing. Moving him down in the order is good.
The only other Oriole who's seen Jimenez for more than ten plate appearances is Chris Snyder, and how he bats against anyone doesn't matter.
Wilson Betemit is on the bench to start out the game, though he has a 3-8 with two doubles off of Jimenez. I am fine with this, and you should be too.
If you're inclined to look ahead to the starting matchups for the White Sox series:
Starters for #orioles - Chisox at OPACY: Thur: Feldman vs. Quintana. Fri: Chen vs. Danks. Sat: Norris vs. Santiago. Sun: Tillman vs. Rienzo— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) September 3, 2013
Like a broken cash register, there is no Sale.