Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles is finally here! Today at 3:10pm, RHP Jason Hamel takes the mound to face the Tampa Bay Rays' David Price.
Here is the announced Orioles Opening Day lineup:
Nick Markakis, RF
Manny Machado, 3B
Adam Jones, CF
Matt Wieters, C
Chris Davis, 1B
J.J. Hardy, SS
Nolan Reimold, LF
Steve Pearce, DH
Brian Roberts, 2B
Jason Hammel, RHP
I agree with manger Buck Showalter starting Steve Pearce at DH today, since he's been tearing the cover off the ball, but I certainly do not agree with starting Nolan Reimold in LF instead of Nate McLouth. McLouth earned his spot. Reimold still has a lot to prove, and is an awful fielder.
Without McLouth in the lineup, I agree with Nick Markakis batting leadoff, but McLouth should be in there batting 1st.
SS J.J. Hardy should be batting 8th, not 6th, until he proves he can hit again.
I LOVE that young 3B Manny Machado is getting a chance to bat 2nd.
After Last year's exciting Post Season run, a quiet offseason, and a Spring Training full of pleasant surprises, the wait is finally over! Opening Day is here! Let's go O's!
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