Congratulations to hot lurker drjuicyjack0 for winning the 2014 Opening Day lineup contest! He finished with a total of 25 points. To refresh your memory, the top possible score was 27. You could earn nine points each by identifying the players in the lineup, their correct position, and correct spot in the batting order. Here is the winning lineup by drjuicyjack, side-by-side with the actual Opening Day lineup used by the Orioles:
|Nick Markakis - RF||Nick Markakis - RF|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Adam Jones - CF||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Nelson Cruz - LF||Nelson Cruz - LF|
|Matt Wieters - C||Matt Wieters - C|
|Delmon Young - DH||Delmon Young - DH|
|Ryan Flaherty - 3B||Ryan Flaherty - 3B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
As you can see, the only mistake made was flipping Jones and Davis in the lineup. It was an understandable decision; in 2013, Adam Jones batted cleanup in 129 games.
There was a five-way tie for second place. In each of those cases, the person was completely correct guessing eight of the nine players, their position, and their spot in the batting order. In the case of J. Eutaw, NYScott, Patriotic Merkin, and tjk, it was Delmon Young at DH that got them. Two went for Nolan Reimold at DH, two went for Steve Pearce. The fifth person in the second-place tie, kwsbaseball5 (who I can't find a profile for), correctly chose D. Young but went with Jemile Weeks instead of Schoop at second base.
You can find the complete list of results at this link. It is sorted by score, so a quick CTRL+F (or whatever you Mac users like to use) should locate your name. The results are color coded for each position: Green means it is the correct player, in the correct order, at the correct position. Yellow means two of those are true. Red means one. Gray is for players who were not on the OD roster.
Most of the incorrect answers were easy enough to understand. Lots of points lost by having Nelson Cruz at DH instead of left field, having David Lough in the lineup, putting Ryan Flaherty at second base instead of third, etc. But there were a few that were just totally out there.
One person had Jonathan Schoop batting cleanup. Three people put Chris Tillman on their entries. On one he hit leadoff, in the other sixth, and on the third he was ninth, as a pitcher should be. We had an L.J. Hoes appearance (9th, 2B). Other non-Orioles on the list were Stephen Drew (at shortstop, with JJ at third), Kendrys Morales (at 1B, with Chris Davis nowhere to be found), and a lot of Alex Gonzalezes. Understandable, that last one.
So that was fun! Please be sure to check the math on your entry because I tallied 153 of these and it's certainly possible I screwed up at least one.