Tonight’s Orioles – Mets Lineups

June 18, 2009 |

Tonight at 7:05pm, if the weather holds up long enough, the Orioles and Mets will meet in the rubber-game of three at Camden Yards.  Last night’s 6-4 O’s victory has put them in position for their third series win over a National League East club in the last few weeks, having already taken two of three from Washington and Atlanta.  After tonight’s game the Birds leave for a six-game roadtrip where they’ll battle the two other members of the N.L. East, the Philadelphia Phillies and Florida Marlins.

Rookie right-hander Jason Berken will be on the mound this evening to make the fifth start of his young career.  So far, the first two — real great, the last two — not-so-great.  After a May 31st home start against the Tigers, Berken’s ERA was a spectacular 2.57, but after two starts in Oakland and against the Braves where he didn’t escape the fifth, Berken’s number has inflated all the way to 7.32.  Major League hitters might be catching up to Berken as advanced scouting reports have now made their rounds, lefty’s are currently hitting .317 and righty’s at a .310 clip through his first four starts.

Fourteen-year major league veteran Livan Hernandez will take the ball from Mets manager Jerry Manuel and make his 13th start of the season tonight against the Orange and Black.  Hernandez, listed “officially” at age 34, has had a successful first season in New York so far with a 5-1 record and 4.33 ERA.  The one-time Cuban defector will look to bounce-back from a 9-8 loss to the New York Yankees when he yielded six runs and six hits, including three homers, over 5.1 innings and took a no-decision.

As for the starting nine for each side:

Orioles

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

Metropolitans

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

Last night Wieters took, not one, but two pies to the face in his post-game interview after knocking out his first big league dinger. (Courtesy: Lloyd Fox)

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