Fenway Park isn't feeling too much like Camden North to open the 2018 season.The Orioles have been outscored 17-6 in the first two games of this series in Boston. With Dylan Bundy on the mound for the good guys today, preventing runs may not be the problem, but Chris Sale starts for the Red Sox, which could put a damper on the plans to get Bundy his first win of year.
Buck Showalter's lineup configuration for this Sunday afternoon is a bit baffling. Craig Gentry is batting second. Why? He's had some nice moments, but is still only slashing .250/.250/.286. There is only one lefty in the lineup: Chris Davis. Pedro Alvarez has had his struggles against lefties in his career, but he's been one of the team's most dangerous hitters lately. The lineup suffers without him.
Of course, some of these decisions may have been necessitated by Adam Jones being the DH for the day. The O's need their veteran centerfielder to be healthy for the long run, so it makes sense. Gentry is the only other person on the 25-man roster capable of playing in center, but it doesn't explain him batting in the two hole.
Welp, here goes nothing. The O's need this game if they want the chance to salvage a split from this series on Monday. It's a tall task, but the presence of Bundy makes it feel possible. Let's go O's!
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||BOSTON RED SOX|
|Trey Mancini - LF||Jackie Bradley - RF|
|Craig Gentry - CF||Andrew Benintendi - CF|
|Manny Machado - SS||Hanley Ramirez - DH|
|Adam Jones - DH||J.D. Martinez - LF|
|Danny Valencia - 3B||Mitch Moreland - 1B|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Rafael Devers - 3B|
|Tim Beckham - 2B||Christian Vazquez - C|
|Anthony Santander - RF||Brock Holt - 2B|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Tzu-Wei Lin - SS|
|Dylan Bundy - RHP||Chris Sale - LHP|