It’s no surprise to anyone that the Orioles are a mess. This afternoon it has been on full display as they put out three different lineups. Let’s hope the one I post here is the same one they use. The first iteration had our usual suspects mostly in the same lineup spots, but with Tim Beckham DH’ing with Jonathan Villar and Breyvic Valera playing shortstop and second base, respectively.
The second lineup, released not long after, saw Valera pulled from the lineup for what Roch Kubatko says is a healthy scratch. Adam Jones was moved from right field to DH due to the wet field, and Joey Rickard was inserted into right field.
Then about an hour later, for some reason, the lineup was changed again. Rickard was pulled from the lineup and John Andreoli was moved from left to right field. Trey Mancini was moved from first base to left field, and Chris Davis was inserted at first base.
No, I don’t know why those changes were made. The general reason is because the Orioles are a mess.
Also proving they are a mess is that they don’t have a starting pitcher. Well technically they do, it’s Evan Phillips. But he isn’t a starter. Cody Carroll and Sean Gilmartin are also expected to pitch in this weird bullpen game.
In Roch’s game notes, he points out that Dillon Tate and John Means have been added to the 40-man and have thrown some bullpen sessions in case they are needed. So that would be something, I guess.
If you are one of the 500 or so people who will be at tonight’s game (Hi Mark and Knightley!), I feel for you. Try to stay dry and warm. Hopefully Trey Mancini hits a million dingers to make it worth it.
Here is your actual lineup:
1. Cedric Mullins (S) CF
2. Jonathan Villar (S) 2B
3. Adam Jones (R) DH
4. Trey Mancini (R) LF
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B
6. Tim Beckham (R) SS
7. Renato Nunez (R) 3B
8. John Andreoli (R) RF
9. Austin Wynns (R) C
Oh yeah, they’re playing the Blue Jays. Let’s go O’s!