AL Wild Card Game: Orioles Lineup

The Baltimore Orioles are in the postseason for the first time since 1997. Congratulations! Now win this game or go home.

If it seems cruel, that's because it is. But them's the breaks, and here's the lineup the Orioles are going with against Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers:

1. Nate McLouth* - LF
2. J.J. Hardy - SS
3. Chris Davis* - RF
4. Adam Jones - CF
5. Matt Wieters# - C
6. Jim Thome* - DH
7. Mark Reynolds - 1B
8. Ryan Flaherty* - 2B
9. Manny Machado - 3B
x. Joe Saunders - LHP

There's nothing like that moment when you look up and realize that Nate McLouth is hitting leadoff for the Orioles in a playoff game. Looking forward to next year, when Aaron Rowand is hitting cleanup for the Royals in the ALDS.

It's not exactly a lefty- or switch-heavy lineup, but there are a few bumps in there for Darvish. Of course, Darvish doesn't really have any platoon splits, so it's not like it makes a difference.

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