Tonight’s Orioles – Mets Lineups

June 17, 2009 |

The Orioles and New York Mets will square off in game two of three tonight at Camden Yards with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm.  Hopefully the O’s won’t be as gracious with their hosting responsibilities as they were in last night’s 6-4 loss, where all six Met runs can be directly traced back to three costly Oriole errors.

O’s starter Jeremy Guthrie looked displeased with the lack of help behind him during his 6.1 innings of work; he allowed five runs, but only three were earned.  Two errors in the fourth led to four Mets runs when Brian Roberts and Nolan Reimold made miscues, not being able to handle and grounder and on an errant throw, respectively.  Then the nail in the coffin came in the top of the seventh when two unearned runs came across on Guthrie when Aubrey Huff couldn’t come up with a bases loaded pop-up off the bat of David Wright near foul territory behind first base.  Offensively of note, Nick Markakis connected on his eighth homer of the season in the sixth inning, his first since May 18th.

The O’s will send their rookie Japanese-import Koji Uehara to the mound this evening to try attempt to set up a rubber-game tomorrow night.  In his last start, his first since returning from the DL with a left hamstring injury, Koji threw just 81 pitches over five innings of work and yielded four runs while taking the loss in the eventual 6-3 Mariners victory.  It remains to be seen whether or not Koji has or will ever have the strength and stamina to be a starting pitcher in the major leagues.  In his last two seasons in Japan’s Eastern League, Koji worked mostly out of the bullpen.  So far in his first season in Baltimore he’s shown a good ability to go through the opposition’s lineup through the first time or two, but has tailed off significantly past the fourth and fifth innings in almost every start.

MASN fans might remember the Mets starter for tonight, Tim Redding, from spending his last two seasons in the Washington Nationals rotation.  Since leaving the District via free agency this off-season, the 31-year old righty has battled through an early season DL stint and has put together three decent starts in his five chances with New York’s National League affiliate — he’s just been reeeally bad in the other two.  The problem for Redding is that he’s gotten no-decisions in each of his good starts and losses in both not-so-good; he’s 0-2 overall with a 6.18 ERA.

Here are lineups Koji and Redding will work against:

Orioles

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

Metropolitans

Alex Cora – SS
Fernando Martinez – LF
Carlos Beltran – CF
David Wright – 3B
Ryan Church – RF
Gary Sheffield – DH
Daniel Murphy – 1B
Brian Schneider – C
Luis Castillo – 2B

Unfortunately for Guthrie and the O's, Wieters couldn't corral this Nolan Reimold throw from left in the fourth. (Courtesy: Lloyd Fox)

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