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Orioles lineup: The same faces against a right-hander

The Orioles used a lot of different lineups last season, but for their third game this year, they’re returning to the same one as on Opening Day.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 Orioles used 125 different lineups in their 162 game season. For a variety of different reasons, including injuries, ineffectiveness, and of course, irregular rest for regular players, they were always shuffling things around.

Maybe that will end up continuing as this season plays along, but for today, heading into their third game of the season, they’re going to get the same lineup as they did on Opening Day. This looks like it may become the regular lineup against right-handed pitchers.

Friday’s game will be a test for the Orioles, in a way, because it sure felt like the worse a pitcher was last year, the better he did against the Orioles. Yankees starter Luis Severino posted a 5.83 ERA last season. Will that same Severino show up this season, and if so, can the Orioles capitalize on that on a cold Friday night in April?

The lineup:

  1. Seth Smith - RF
  2. Adam Jones - CF
  3. Manny Machado - 3B
  4. Chris Davis - 1B
  5. Mark Trumbo - DH
  6. Welington Castillo - C
  7. Hyun Soo Kim - LF
  8. Jonathan Schoop - 2B
  9. J.J. Hardy - SS

The Orioles, of course, will have their own starting pitching adventure. What will Ubaldo Jimenez look like this year? Hopefully he can get off to a nice start tonight.

The batter vs. pitcher matchups on Baseball Reference don’t offer a very large sample size for any O’s hitter. No one has faced him more than ten times - and Davis is hitless. On the other hand, Machado and Trumbo have each homered twice off of Severino. More of that sounds OK.