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Opening Day projected lineup

Orioles beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec already has predicted the Opening Day lineup for the Orioles, and he's more tuned in than I am, but I'm going to differ with him slightly:

Brian Roberts 2B
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Aubrey Huff 1B
Melvin Mora 3B
Luke Scott DH
Gregg Zaun C
Cesar Izturis SS
Felix Pie LF

Jeremy Guthrie RHP

Jeff went with Pie in the eighth slot and Izturis ninth, but I think Dave Trembley will get up Monday morning, look at his WWTLD ("What Would Tony La Russa Do?") bracelet and move his No. 9 hitter up to No. 8. Just a hunch.

Comments

Mine goes something like this:

Brian Roberts 2B
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Aubrey Huff 1B
Melvin Mora 3B
Luke Scott LF
Ty Wigginton DH
Gregg Zaun C
Cesar Izturis SS

I can also go with Ty at first and Huff DHing

As hot as Luke has been this spring, I would put Wigginton in there against the lefty in a heart beat,

I wouldn't be surprised to see Pie on the bench against Sabathia.

sabathia is a lefty. why would they not start wigginton over scott?

Why would use go with the lefties against CC? I'd expect Wigginton/Freel to be in the lineup. At least one will be.
Do you want a mulligan?

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Pete's reply: No, I think managers usually go with their front-line lineup on Opening Day and start matching up later.

No Wigginton in place of Scott against CC?

Why on God's green earth would Trembley put Pie in left when he can't even hit RH pitchers let alone the likes of Sabathia? And he sits Wiggington. That flies in the face of common sense and smacks of stuck on stupid syndrome. Totally illogical. I have more faith in Trembley's common sense than you two.

Pete,

Not bad considering we have more production with Wieters, Montanez/Reimhold and probably 3 minor league Starting Pitchers! 58-104 record, 1.63M in attendance and 47 1/2 games back! You heard it here first!

Where is Ty Allen Wigginton?

Schmuck, you are amazzing. I am surprrised that you did not have the BlueField group starting for the Orioles. Your mind is an absolute empty question.

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Pete's reply: Amazing has one "Z".

Well, we know that slots 7-9 will be a combined 0-11 :-)

Pete, Makes sense except for Pie being in the lineup. He struggled most of the spring, and now you want to bat him against a tough lefty like Sabathia?

I don't get it. Is it supposed to be symbolic, like they're saying, "You're the guy we have big hopes for and we hereby annoint you as such today, regardless your struggles."

What such a move really is amounts to a wasted spot in the lineup. Ryan Freel clearly makes more sense, unless of course C.C. is the one lefty Pie can hit well (wouldn't bet the farm on that one, though).

P.S. Your Florida posts were much appreciated. They are great for us fans, giving us a window into what's going on down there, as there isn't a whole lot of TV and radio. As usual, you had a nice combination of info, insight and wit to make for a good read. Thanks!

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Pete's reply: Thanks, I appreciate the support.

Why would Pie be playing against CC?


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Pete's reply: Because he's the starting left fielder and it matters more what Guthrie does than how many hits he gets.

Why should Pie be starting at all against a top left-hander? Play Scott in LF and Wiggington at DH. Then the lineup would be Roberts, Jones, Markakis, Huff, Mora, Scott, Wiggy, Zaun, and Izturis. Power Nos. 2 - 7, speed Nos. 9 - 2. But of course Pie will start, because Andy wants to give him a full shot, despite his not being the defender we heard about. Give Wiggy a bat!

Interesting that Trembley will sit his two right-handed platoon hitters against Sabathia. We'll see how that plays out.

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Pete's reply: There is no platoon in left field.

I can't see how you keep
Wiggington out of the lineup--Pie sits day 1

I'd really be surprised if Pie starts against Sabathia. I would put Wiggy at DH and Scott in left. Dave may want to make a statement that Pie is going to play everyday, but against the very toughest lefties, I'd sit him.

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Peter Schmuck wants you to know that, contrary to popular belief, he is more than just a bon vivant, raconteur and collector of blousy flowered shirts. He is a semi-respected journalist who has covered virtually every sport -- except luge, of course – and tackled issues that transcend the mere games people play. If that isn’t enough to qualify him to provide witty, wide-ranging commentary on the sports world ... and the rest of the world, for that matter ... he is an avid reader of history, biography and the classics, as well as a charming blowhard who pops off on both sports and politics on WBAL Radio. That means you can expect a little of everything in The Schmuck Stops Here, but the major focus will be keeping you up to the minute on Baltimore’s major sports teams and themes, whether it’s throwing up the Orioles lineup the minute it’s announced or updating you on the latest sprained ankle in Owings Mills. Oh, and by the way, that’s Mr. Schmuck to you.

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