Now it's Ryan Flaherty's turn to start at third base. He's handling the hot corner for today's game against the Indians after starting in right field last night.Wilson Betemit stays at first base. Matt Wieters is batting seventh again after homering in that spot last night.
For the Orioles:
Brian Roberts 2BXavier Avery LFJ.J. Hardy SSAdam Jones CFWilson Betemit 1BChris Davis RFMatt Wieters CMark Reynolds DHRyan Flaherty 3B
Dana Eveland LHP
For the Indians:Shin-Soo Choo RFAsdrubal Cabrera SSJason Kipnis 2BJose Lopez 3BMichael Brantley CFShelley Duncan DHCasey Kotchman 1BLou Marson CAaron Cunningham LF
Josh Tomlin RHP
I really hope Flaherty plays a good game at third. Somebody has to.
Betemit's and Reynolds' flaws "hide" better at first base.
Chris Davis in right is a stopgap, of course. Markakis is shooting for coming back in time for the Tigers series right after the All-Star break. None too soon, IMO.
The Orioles are 42-34 and they cannot finish the first half of the season worse than .519. That would necessitate losing their next 5 games. Ain't gonna happen.
Perfect. An early 2-0 deficit. Just what we need.
COME ON Dana.
This is a team, and a pitcher, that we should beat. With no trouble, I might add. So let's go. And no more double plays. Not in the mood for a loss today.
This may just get the ticket for Norfolk punched for one Tommy Hunter.
He can't start and be consistent. He Can't relieve and get outs. Norfolk bound and the sooner the better. Why have an inconsistent reliever in the pen as an extra player when he is ineffective???
Eveland is not a starter in the AL East but has been effective in his relief roles. A keeper??? Not in the long term but for now I would let him ride the pine in the bullpen and use him in the best leverage situations.