Baseball season is finally back!
On Sunday, three Major League Baseball regular season games took place. First the New York Yankees and the the Tampa Bay Rays squared off at Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay won, 7-3). Then in the second matchup, the San Francisco Giants took on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field (Arizona won, 6-5). Lastly, the Chicago Cubs took on the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium (St. Louis won, 4-3).
Today, the main event for Baltimoreans will begin.
The Baltimore Orioles will begin their 2017 campaign with a new look atop the lineup. Leading off will be offseason acquisition, right fielder Seth Smith (.261/.344/.447 in 2016). Surprise! Another surprise is that left fielder Hyun Soo Kim (.302/.382/.420 in 2016) has been dropped considerably far in the lineup.
Considering the fact that Kim got on-base at a .382 clip in 2016, one would expect him to leadoff. However, one should also expect the unexpected with Orioles manager Buck Showalter.
- RF Seth Smith
- CF Adam Jones (Batting .067/.176/.133 in 17 PA against Estrada)
- 3B Manny Machado (Batting .111/.333/.278 in 24 at-bats against Estrada)
- 1B Chris Davis
- DH Mark Trumbo
- C Welington Castillo (Batting 304/.333/.826 with 4 home runs in 24 PA against Estrada)
- LF Hyun Soo Kim
- 2B Jonathan Schoop
- SS J.J. Hardy
Starting Pitcher: RHP Kevin Gausman (9-12 record, 3.61 ERA in 2016)
Gausman holds a 2-3 record against Toronto with a 4.40 ERA in 12 games, making 7 starts against the Jays. In previous matchups, the Jays have batted .287/.348/.485 against Gausman.
- 2B Devon Travis
- 3B Josh Donaldson
- RF Jose Bautista
- DH Kendrys Morales
- SS Troy Tulowitzki
- C Russell Martin
- 1B Steve Pearce
- CF Kevin Pillar
- LF Ezequiel Carrera
Opposing Starting Pitcher: RHP Marco Estrada (9-9 record, 3.48 ERA in 2016)
Estrada holds a 4-1 record against Baltimore with a 3.22 ERA in 10 games, making 8 starts against the Birds. Baltimore is batting an underwhelming .182/.275/.331 against Estrada.
How to Watch:
When: Monday, 3:05 p.m. ET
Where: Camden Yards
TV: WJZ, MASN 2, Sportsnet