Look how far we have come! Two months ago, it was still uncertain whether we would have a season, and if so, if it would even be a full schedule.
Luckily for us fans, baseball is back! To kick off the 2022 season, our Baltimore Orioles head to Tropicana Field, home of the reigning A.L. East Division Champions, the Tampa Bay Rays.
Just like the last few years, the Rays will be a tough opponent all season. They bolstered up their rotation a bit, adding Corey Kluber to the mix via free agency.
Heading out onto the mound for the Orioles will be John Means in game one, as he makes his second consecutive Opening Day start. In game two, we will see Jordan Lyles in his first action as an Oriole, and Tyler Wells will make his first career start in game three.
Pitching to our Oriole lineup will be Shane McClanahan in game one, followed by Drew Rasmussen and Corey Kluber for games two and three.
The Baltimore Battery’s ❌-Factor for this series is the trio of starting pitchers. All three have a track record of being able to miss bats, and they will be facing a lineup that tends to swing and miss a lot.
In order to be successful at the Trop, these starters simply just have to miss bats in a stadium like the one the Rays call home.
In 2021, John Means came out on Opening Day and threw an outing for the ages. He tossed the best game one for the Orioles in their history.
Look for Means to do the same in this season opener with his ability to throw that devastating changeup, as he faces the team he saw more than any other last season.
Here are your 2022 Opening Day starting lineups:
Tampa Bay Rays:
1. Yandy Díaz 3B
2. Wander Franco SS
3. Harold Ramirez 1B
4. Randy Arozarena LF
5. Brandon Lowe 2B
6. Mike Zunino C
7. Josh Lowe DH
8. Manuel Margot RF
9. Kevin Kiermaier CF
SP. Shane McClanahan
1. Cedric Mullins CF
2. Ryan Mountcastle 1B
3. Trey Mancini DH
4. Austin Hays RF
5. Anthony Santander LF
6. Ramón Urías 2B
7. Jorge Mateo SS
8. Robinson Chirinos C
9. Kelvin Gutierrez 3B
SP. John Means LHP
Game one of this series begins at 3:10 p.m. EST, with games two and three both starting at 1:10 p.m. EST. You can catch each game on MASN or on the new flagship radio station for the Orioles, 97.9 (98 Rock).
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