Remember, the Orioles suffered a crushing loss to Aaron Judge and the Yankees on his 3-run home run in the 9th and final inning ........ yet they somehow not only came back to win their next game, they won all 3 games of their ensuing series against the D-Rays.
After getting swept by the lowly-regarded Florida Marlins, the Orioles will try to somehow defeat the defending world champions tonight ........
BALTIMORE O RIOLES ))))) (vs. NATIONALS, 8/07)
Hanser Joel Alberto Pena - 2B
Anthony Santander - RF
Jose Antonio Iglesias Aleman - SS
Renato Nunez - DH
John Dwight "J.D." Smith, Jr. - LF
Pedro Severino De Leon - C
Rio Ruiz - 3B
Chris Davis - 1B
Austin Charles Bryan "C.B." Hays - CF
Tomaso Anthony Milone - LHP )) (0-1, 5.63 ERA)
Anibal Alejandro Sanchez, Jr. - RHP )) (0-1, 7.20 ERA)
If the Orioles win tonight's game, I will likely hit it ........ "Coming off of a 4-game sweep at the hands of the (presumably) lowly Marlins, the struggling Orioles somehow found a way to come right back and defeat the defending world champions in their very next game.
That could be the lineup against lefties, with Mullins or Velazquez spelling Hays against tough lefties.
If you feel the need to have Chris Davis and/or Stewart in the lineup, one of Nunez, Santander, Mountcastle or Diaz could rotate sitting against righties and Mountcastle could get time in left when Diaz or Santander sits.
Diaz could play center in a pinch but you would probably prefer Mullins or Velazquez when Hays needs a day off.
Realistically, I don't expect to see Diaz this year, which if nothing else at least should get Mountcastle more time in the outfield when he is called up.
I'd prefer Mountcastle prove he can't play LF before he goes to 1B. Diaz I hope has an opportunity to play his way on the team next year, realistically it's probably not happening this year. I'm fine getting more data on whether Santander, Hays, and Nunez can hit enough to be regulars.