There may not be a better sign that the Orioles don't have any idea what they're doing or how to fix their current woes than the shifting lineup in the absence of Trey Mancini. He's out again for the third straight game after banging his knee against the brick wall below the padding during a slide on Friday night.
Craig Gentry, who has been filling in for Mancini, is bumped down from #1 to #9 tonight, with Tim Beckham taking over at leadoff. Beckham is batting .175/.247/.263 so far this season. The thing is that the Orioles have no good leadoff options whatsoever, unless they want to put their current only good hitter, Manny Machado, at leadoff and then just go from there.
Anyway, Danny Valencia is playing third base again tonight even though we saw what a bad idea that was in Boston. The Orioles don't have a lot of choices right now, since along with dealing with the injuries they're dealing with, they only have a three-man bench, and one of those men is Mancini.
What can they really do when they have two good hitters and one of them is hurt, and everyone else pretty much sucks right now? The plan for success for this roster was "Have every single thing go perfectly." There is no backup plan for success. There is only what we are seeing now, where the Orioles only option is to keep playing a bunch of guys who are playing badly and may continue to play badly. While this is going on, they will keep losing games as they have done so far.
|CLEVELAND INDIANS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Francisco Lindor - SS||Tim Beckham - 2B|
|Jason Kipnis - 2B||Pedro Alvarez - DH|
|Jose Ramirez - 3B||Manny Machado - SS|
|Michael Brantley - LF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Edwin Encarnacion - DH||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Yonder Alonso - 1B||Danny Valencia - 3B|
|Yan Gomes - C||Chance Sisco - C|
|Bradley Zimmer - CF||Anthony Santander - RF|
|Brandon Guyer - RF||Craig Gentry - LF|
|Carlos Carrasco - RHP||Kevin Gausman - RHP|