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Monday's Orioles lineup: With Alvarez, the best way out is through?

The Orioles really want this Pedro Alvarez thing to start turning around. Maybe tonight will be the night, if we're lucky. The rest of the lineup is looking familiar as well.

The poet Robert Frost once wrote that the best way out is always through. Orioles manager Buck Showalter must be a fan of Frost because he seems to take the same approach to the slumping Pedro Alvarez in the O's lineup. Alvarez gets his 13th start in the 18th O's game of the year. He's hitting .108.

The O's are actually using a three time repeat lineup tonight. That's as many times as they used the same lineup all of last season combined, when they had four different three time repeat lineups.

Is it good to repeat this lineup a third time? I guess that depends on whether this bunch manages to score enough runs to beat Chris Archer and company:

1. Joey Rickard - LF
2. Manny Machado - 3B
3. Adam Jones - CF
4. Chris Davis - 1B
5. Mark Trumbo - RF
6. Matt Wieters - C
7. J.J. Hardy - SS
8. Pedro Alvarez - DH
9. Jonathan Schoop - 2B

They lost the last two times with this same lineup, although that probably wasn't the lineup's fault exactly. One of those games was the one with the Yovani Gallardo-initiated seventh inning disaster in Texas.

That will be the defense behind Kevin Gausman as he makes his season debut. Gausman is returning from the disabled list, though the O's have yet to make the corresponding roster move as of this writing.

There is another "best way out is through" in this lineup - Jones. In his career against Rays starter Chris Archer, spanning 25 plate appearances, he's a mess. Jones has batted .091/.160/.091 against Archer. Not exactly the answer to his April slump either.

But of course Jones won't be on the bench to let Hyun Soo Kim or Nolan Reimold man left field for the night. I mean, he could be, but we know Showalter, so it probably never entered his mind.

Maybe this will be the day for Jones to break out. Or for Alvarez to break out. Or for Schoop to break out. Or for Wieters to break out. How the heck is this team 11-6 again?