Orioles take another swing at Pettitte (updated)

Andy Pettitte is facing the Orioles tonight.

Hold on, this might be an old notebook.

Nope, it’s the one I’ve used this summer. Pettitte is starting Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Does this mean Roger Clemens goes in Game 3?

The Orioles haven’t faced Pettitte since he decided to make a comeback this season. The only player who’s had an at-bat against him is Omar Quintanilla, while he was playing for the Mets, but he’s not on the Division Series roster.

Pettitte is 27-6 with a 3.52 ERA in 42 games against the Orioles, including 40 starts. He’s 16-4 with a 4.11 ERA at Camden Yards.

Manager Buck Showalter will likely use his right-handed lineup again tonight, which would mean more bench time for veteran Jim Thome, who’s 10-for-38 with two homers against Pettitte, according to baseball-reference.com.

Lew Ford, who served as the designated hitter last night against CC Sabathia, has never faced Pettitte.

Endy Chavez is 3-for-5 with a home run. Small sample size. And he bats from the left side.

So does Chris Davis, but he figures to remain in right field. He’s 2-for-7 with two RBIs. Also a small sample size.

Adam Jones is 6-for-17 with a triple. J.J. Hardy is 1-for-15 with a triple. Mark Reynolds is 2-for-6 with two doubles. Matt Wieters is 2-for-10.

Wieters ended the regular season in a 3-for-21 slump. He went 0-for-4 last night.

Instant update: Thome is the designated hitter tonight. I’ll post the lineup in my next entry.

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