Ryan Mountcastle is batting sixth this afternoon in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Mariners, the same spot as last night prior to the postponement due to inclement weather.
Manager Brandon Hyde is trying to take a little pressure off Mountcastle, who’s 7-for-38 (.184) with a .541 OPS and 17 strikeouts that led the majors yesterday. He’s 3-for-18 with nine strikeouts in the last four games.
Game 1 starter John Means has surrendered one earned run or fewer in his last six starts dating to 2020. He faced the Mariners on Sept. 22, 2019 in Baltimore and allowed one run in seven innings. Shed Long had a double and triple.
Game 2 starter Dean Kremer lasted only three innings in his first start in New York, allowing three runs and five hits with four walks and five strikeouts. He was supposed to pitch last night and had to settle for playing catch in the outfield after the postponement.
Mariners left-hander Justus Sheffield, who also was supposed to start last night, has appeared in 22 games in the majors and posted a 4.64 ERA and 1.525 WHIP in 99 innings and averaged 3.9 walks per nine innings. He faced the White Sox in his lone appearance this season and allowed four earned runs (six total) and eight hits in five innings.
Right-handers are slashing .310/.378/.437 lifetime against Sheffield and left-handers hit .174/.304/.267.
In his only career start against the Orioles, on Sept. 21, 2019 in Baltimore, Sheffield allowed four runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings with one walk and five strikeouts.
Game 2 starter Nick Margevicius, also a left-hander, has made two relief appearances this year and allowed four runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He’s surrendered two home runs.
Margevicius is 4-10 with a 5.94 ERA and 1.447 WHIP in 29 games (19 starts) with the Padres and Mariners. He’s a reverse-splits guy, with left-handers batting .321/.355/.628 and right-handers .259/.330/.454.
Tonight marks his first appearance against the Orioles.
The gametime temperature is expected to be 63 degrees with no precipitation in the forecast.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Trey Mancini 1B
Anthony Santander RF
Maikel Franco 3B
Pedro Severino C
Ryan Mountcastle DH
DJ Stewart LF
Ramón Urías 2B
Freddy Galvis SS
John Means LHP
Update: Reliever Travis Lakins Sr. is the 27th man for the doubleheader.