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ALDS Game 2 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

Oct 8, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in Baltimore:

   BALTIMORE ORIOLES              NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Nate McLouth, LF            1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. J.J. Hardy, SS              2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
3. Chris Davis, RF             3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
4. Adam Jones, CF              4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Matt Wieters, C             5. Nick Swisher, RF
6. Mark Reynolds, 1B           6. Mark Teixeira, 1B
7. Jim Thome, DH               7. Russell Martin, C
8. Manny Machado, 3B           8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Robert Andino, 2B           9. Eduardo Nunez, DH

SP Wei-Yin Chen, LHP           SP Andy Pettitte, LHP

Despite the Yankees throwing back-to-back left-handers manager Buck Showalter is using a different lineup against Andy Pettitte than he had against CC Sabathia. Lew Ford is benched, with Jim Thome replacing him at designated hitter. Left-handed-hitting Chris Davis slides up from seventh to third, moving everyone else down. Pettitte held lefties a .202 batting average and .516 OPS, compared to .245 and .681 from righties, so on paper at least Showalter’s changes look … well, let’s say interesting.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are facing left-hander Wei-Yin Chen instead of right-hander Jason Hammel, so manager Joe Girardi flipped Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin in the 7-8 spots and benched Raul Ibanez in favor of Eduardo Nunez. Nunez as a starting designated hitter in a playoff game is pretty weird considering his .384 career slugging percentage, although he’s been slightly better versus lefties.

  1. artthoumad - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    can some one explain to me why they didn’t put Andruw Jones at DH? unless he’s not on the roster.

    • yankeesgameday - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      Shockingly Jones is not on the playoff roster for the ALDS

    • vallewho - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      He’s hit “nothing” in the second half…

    • djpostl - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      Jones has been horrible most of the year, worse than horrible for the second half.

      Nunez wore out LHP in the minors & has posted a slash line of .360/.400/.460/.860 vs them with the big club.

      Factor in the speed and it’s a no-brainer on taking him over Jones.

  2. 4cornersfan - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Nunez is a good hitter aside from his low slugging percentage and has had some timely hits in clutch situations. His problem is the glove, not the bat. Also, he is very fast and fits in well in the 9th spot batting in front of Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki when the lineup rolls over. Girardi liked to use Gardner in the 9th spot for the same reason.

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