2. Get contributions from the bottom of the order.
With J.J. Hardy, Matt Wieters, and Chris Davis out of the lineup, the Orioles will be beginning the season with a few backups in the lineup. Here is the lineup as shared by Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports:
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) April 6, 2015
The seven through nine slots were a bit of a weakness for the Orioles last season, and without three of their All-Stars in the lineup, getting something out of the last three spots in the batting order will be necessary throughout the first month of the season while the team waits for Hardy and Wieters to return.
Last Opening Day, the bottom of the Orioles order went one for nine with three strikeouts. If Ryan Flaherty, Jonathan Schoop, and Caleb Joseph can contribute a couple timely hits and set the table for the top of the order, the Orioles should be able to scratch out enough runs to edge the Rays. Flaherty is in the lineup at shortstop over Everth Cabrera thanks to his career .444 batting average against Archer.