Orioles lineup vs. Marlins: 8/5/20

The Orioles’ bats that lead them to five wins in their first eight games went silent last night, as the Marlins blanked the O’s 4-0. The Orioles get a chance to get that game back, plus one, with a twi-night doubleheader begining at 5:05 p.m.

Game one’s pitching match up pits Alex Cobb (1-0, 2.89 ERA) for the Orioles against Elieser Hernandez (0-0, -.– ERA) for the Marlins.

Cobb has had an impressive start to the 2020 season, going 9.1 innings over two games with a 1-0 record and 2.89 ERA, along with nine strikeouts. Current (healthy) Marlins are batting .133 against Cobb in 31 at-bats with no home runs and only two runs scored.

Hernandez is making his first start of the 2020 season. The 25-year-old right-hander is coming off of a 2019 that saw him post a 5.03 ERA with 85 strikeouts in 82.1 innings.

Last year, Hernandez struggled with the long ball, giving up 2.19 home runs per nine innings pitched. This is a weakness that the Orioles can exploit, particularly the left-handed batters in the lineup. Leftys posted a .912 OPS vs. Hernandez last year, as opposed to the .742 that rightys put up. Of all current Orioles, only Pedro Severino has had at-bats against Hernandez, going 2-for-4 with a home run.

At bat today, the Orioles see the return of their best offensive weapon thus far, José Iglesias. Iglesias is batting a ridiculous .526 this season, with an even more ridiculous 1.315 OPS. The lineup features five batters that bat either left-handed full time or switch hit.

Here is the lineup for game one of the doubleheader:

  1. Hanser Alberto 2B
  2. Anthony Santander RF
  3. José Iglesias DH
  4. Renato Núñez 3B
  5. Dwight Smith, Jr. LF
  6. Austin Hays CF
  7. Chris Davis 1B
  8. Chance Sisco C
  9. Andrew Velazquez SS

Both games of today’s doubleheader are available to watch via MASN and are available to listen on Orioles Radio Network. Game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. EST.

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