Steve Pearce is your Orioles second baseman for the third straight game. In fairness to Steve, he hasn't looked bad out there in the first two games, but he also hasn't had to do a whole heck of a lot. It'll be interesting to see if this persists into another series. Perhaps there's something about the nature of the Trop or the Rays that makes the Orioles confident they can get away with it.
Or maybe it's the Orioles rotation. I mean, Wei-Yin Chen isn't exactly known for his easy grounders to second base. Whatever it is, we get more of it today. Hopefully it goes as smoothly as the last two games. Even better would be if it goes smoothly on the way to an Orioles win, as it did last night.
It's a nice sign that the team will be facing a pitcher against whom they scored six runs the last time they saw him. I mean, I guess that's a good sign. Better than if they got no-hit or something. It doesn't mean they're going to score six runs today, but it would be cool if they did.
|TAMPA BAY RAYS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Brandon Guyer - LF||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Steven Souza - RF||Jimmy Paredes - DH|
|Logan Forsythe - 2B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Evan Longoria - 3B||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Joey Butler - DH||Steve Pearce - 2B|
|James Loney - 1B||Delmon Young - RF|
|Tim Beckham - SS||Travis Snider - LF|
|Kevin Kiermaier - CF||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Rene Rivera - C||Everth Cabrera - SS|
|Nate Karns - RHP||Wei-Yin Chen - LHP|