ALDS Game 2 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in Baltimore:

   BALTIMORE ORIOLES              NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Nate McLouth, LF            1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. J.J. Hardy, SS              2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
3. Chris Davis, RF             3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
4. Adam Jones, CF              4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Matt Wieters, C             5. Nick Swisher, RF
6. Mark Reynolds, 1B           6. Mark Teixeira, 1B
7. Jim Thome, DH               7. Russell Martin, C
8. Manny Machado, 3B           8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Robert Andino, 2B           9. Eduardo Nunez, DH

SP Wei-Yin Chen, LHP           SP Andy Pettitte, LHP

Despite the Yankees throwing back-to-back left-handers manager Buck Showalter is using a different lineup against Andy Pettitte than he had against CC Sabathia. Lew Ford is benched, with Jim Thome replacing him at designated hitter. Left-handed-hitting Chris Davis slides up from seventh to third, moving everyone else down. Pettitte held lefties a .202 batting average and .516 OPS, compared to .245 and .681 from righties, so on paper at least Showalter’s changes look … well, let’s say interesting.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are facing left-hander Wei-Yin Chen instead of right-hander Jason Hammel, so manager Joe Girardi flipped Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin in the 7-8 spots and benched Raul Ibanez in favor of Eduardo Nunez. Nunez as a starting designated hitter in a playoff game is pretty weird considering his .384 career slugging percentage, although he’s been slightly better versus lefties.

Report: Angels to sign Cody Allen

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.

Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.

The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.