ALDS Game 2: Tigers vs. Orioles Lineups

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source: AP

It seemed mere hours ago that the Orioles’ trouncing of the Tigers concluded. So let’s do it again at noon, shall we? The lineups:

TIGERS

1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Torii Hunter RF
3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
4. Victor Martinez DH
5. J.D. Martinez LF
6. Nick Castellanos 3B
7. Alex Avila C
8. Andrew Romine SS
9. Rajai Davis CF
SP: Justin Verlander

The only difference here is the flip-flopping of Castellanos and Avila from last night. Davis was a late decision — the lineup just came out less than an hour before the game due to Ausmus waiting to see how Davis felt. Apparently he’s good to go.

 

ORIOLES

1. Nick Markakis RF
2. Alejandro De Aza LF
3. Adam Jones CF
4. Nelson Cruz DH
5. Steve Pearce 1B
6. J.J. Hardy SS
7. Ryan Flaherty 3B
8. Caleb Joseph C
9. Jonathan Schoop 2B
SP: Wei-Yin Chen

The only difference here is Buck Showalter swapping out Nick Hundley for Caleb Joseph at catcher.

Play ball.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

Trevor Story
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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.