Joey Rickard is a fine outfielder. In fact, dare I say, he is almost the perfect fourth outfielder. He can play all three outfield spots. He's fast enough to be a useful pinch runner. And he holds his own with the bat to avoid being an embarrassment up there. Totally serviceable. The problem is that Craig Gentry is the exact same thing. They are BOTH in the lineup tonight.
What makes it more frustrating is that while both Gentry and Rickard are starting, Pedro Alvarez is on the bench. Why?
"It's because Detroit is sending a lefty to the mound?" you say.
Sure, that makes sense. Ignore the fact that Alvarez has been Baltimore's third-best hitter all season and just hit two DONGS last night. Alvarez doesn't hit southpaws all that well, and Buck Showalter wants as many righties in the lineup as possible. I mean, Chris Davis isn't even playing!
But how on earth does Rickard, Gentry or even Anthony Santander get into this lineup over Alvarez!? Is that really all it takes to face a left-handed, major league pitcher? Bat from the right side?
Buck, you confuse me sometimes.
|DETROIT TIGERS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Leonys Martin - CF||Trey Mancini - 1B|
|Jeimer Candelario - 3B||Jace Peterson - 2B|
|Miguel Cabrera - 1B||Manny Machado - SS|
|Nick Castellanos - RF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Victor Martinez - DH||Danny Valencia - 3B|
|JaCoby Jones - LF||Joey Rickard - RF|
|James McCann - C||Anthony Santander - DH|
|Jose Iglesias - SS||Craig Gentry - LF|
|Dixon Machado - 2B||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Francisco Liriano - LHP||Andrew Cashner - RHP|