Austin Hays will bat eighth and play center field for the Orioles tonight against the Dodgers. He’ll be flanked by Anthony Santander and Trey Mancini, while Dwight Smith Jr. serves as the designated hitter.
Hays has yet to record a hit this year in seven big league plate appearances. Baltimore will be watching his bat, but also how he handles himself in center.
Chris Davis and Hanser Alberto will start at the corner infield spots— both getting the nod against right-handed Ross Stripling. Stripling holds a 4-4 record, 3.42 ERA and 1.14 WHIP across 28 games. He’s started 13 games this season, but has not pitched past the fifth inning since April.
Pedro Severino will catch All-Star lefty John Means. Means has settled into a nice groove after a bumpy start to the second half. He picked up consecutive victories before taking a tough loss (6.2 innings, 2 runs) against Texas his last time out. Means has never faced the Dodgers.
Stevie Wilkerson will start at second base for only the third time this year. The Orioles are putting their utility man to the test, seeing just how many positions he can handle himself at. Jonathan Villar will play shortstop.
Can Baltimore get back in the win column for the first time in a week? Let’s find out together.
For the Orioles
- Jonathan Villar SS
- Hanser Alberto 3B
- Anthony Santander LF
- Trey Mancini RF
- Dwight Smith Jr. DH
- Pedro Severino C
- Chris Davis 1B
- Austin Hays CF
- Stevie Wilkerson 2B
Starter: LHP John Means