For the second time in about ten days, the Orioles are playing a doubleheader due to weather. Tuesday’s rainout means two games for the price of one in Chicago on Wednesday night. As the O’s are winless on this current road trip, it would be nice if they could win one of these games today.
The good news for the Orioles, who’ve scored just seven runs during this four game losing streak, is that their best hitter to date, Trey Mancini, is back in the lineup for game 1 of the doubleheader. He has been absent after taking a foul ball off of his hand in the Twins series. Hopefully the O’s have given him enough time to be ready to play at close to full strength.
Game 1 lineup:
- Jonathan Villar - 2B
- Trey Mancini - RF
- Renato Núñez - 1B
- Dwight Smith Jr. - DH
- Hanser Alberto - 3B
- Joey Rickard - CF
- Pedro Severino - C
- Stevie Wilkerson - LF
- Richie Martin - SS
David Hess is the Game 1 starter for the O’s.
This is a weird lineup. I find myself thinking this most days about the 2019 Orioles. Only three players of this starting nine were even in the organization at all at this time last year. O’s fans don’t have years of memories of these guys. For many, there aren’t even months of memories.
Add to that an outfield consisting of a first baseman and a utility infielder at the corner spots and a fourth outfielder in the center field spot, and it’s just strange. Defense is probably not going to be a strength of this team no matter how much quality analytics-based information the team receives. They just don’t have the personnel, at least not right now.
On the other hand, with the Orioles racing towards the record for home runs allowed, it almost doesn’t matter who is in the field for them. The 73 home runs allowed in 30 games is ridiculous. With two games to be played today, they will almost surely add several more home runs.