Tonight’s Orioles – Tigers Lineups: Wieters batting 7th!

May 29, 2009 |

Happy Wieters Day to all… the fun gets underway tonight at 7:05pm downtown at Camden Yards when Matt Wieters makes his Major League debut against the Detroit Tigers.  The highly anticipated call-up comes with the team playing its best baseball of the year, having won four straight and five of their last six.  The team has gotten incredible production from rookies Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken, Nolan Reimold, and David Hernandez and the O’s now find themselves just percentage points behind the defending A.L. Champion Rays for fourth in the A.L. East.

Last night Hernandez joined Bergesen and Berken as young rookies who were winning pitchers in their debuts for the Orange and Black this season.   The 6’3 hard-throwing righty threw 5.2 innings and only surrendered one earned run, while scattering five hits and striking out three.  All the offense the Orioles would need were provided via the long ball; Luke Scott got the O’s out front with a solo shot in the second, then it was Reimold’s turn to go solo in the fifth, followed by Scott’s second blast of the day, a three-run shot in the eighth, to put the game out of reach and end the scoring at 5-1.

Brad Bergesen will make his eighth big league start tonight and is still in search of his first win since his debut on April 21.  Bergesen hasn’t pitched badly, but has surrendered runs late in his outings, which has resulted in several hard luck no-decisions.  In each of his eight starts he’s given up at least three runs.  Of note, tonight’s pitcher-catcher tandem, Bergesen and Wieters should be somewhat familiar with one another as they spent time together in the O’s farm system on the same levels over the last several seasons.

A familiar name will get the starting nod from Detroit manager Jim Leyland tonight, Dontrelle Willis.  He was once thought to be a “can’t miss” prospect for the Marlins in his own right, when he came up as a youngster on the successful Florida ball-clubs of the early ’00′s.  More recently Willis has really been out of whack both on the mound and in his own head.  Continuous struggles with location and repeating his delivery left Willis without the confidence he once possessed on the mound, and a far cry from the youthful, energetic kid he once portrayed while pitching.  He spent the beginning of this season on the disabled list battling his issues, but has since made his last three starts with Detroit and has 1-1 record with a 3.57 ERA.  Willis is still only 27-years old and has all the ability in the world; no doubt he’ll be an interesting figure to see which direction his baseball career goes from this point on.

Here are the Wieters Day starting lineups:

Orioles

Brian Roberts – 2B
Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – 1B
Melvin Mora – 3B
Luke Scott – DH
Matt Wieters – C
Nolan Reimold – LF
Cesar Izturis – SS

Tigers

Josh Anderson – LF
Placido Polanco – 2B
Magglio Ordonez – DH
Miguel Cabrera – 1B
Curtis Granderson – CF
Brandon Inge – 3B
Clete Thomas – RF
Gerald Laird – C
Adam Everett – SS

Couldn't happen... right? (Courtesy: MattWietersFacts.com)

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