BALTIMORE – Brian Roberts isn’t playing on Monday night. Danny Valencia is. Alexi Casilla, who is 16-for-31 against CC Sabathia is playing second base, and Roberts will be manager Buck Showalter’s main right-handed option on the bench.
“I talked to Brian a little bit, and he wants to play—always,” Showalter said.
“We think this works best for today and the rest of the season, knowing what’s ahead of us.”
Michael Morse also has had success against Sabathia in limited at-bats against him. Morse is 4-for-7 against Sabathia. Since coming to the Orioles, Morse is 3-for-14.
Valencia is batting .375 with four home runs and nine RBIs in 72 at-bats against left-handed pitchers. He’s .167 with three home runs and six RBIs when facing right-handers.
He has no explanation for his success against right-handers and doesn’t want to be stereotyped as someone who can only hit lefties.
“That’s my goal. I don’t think anybody’s content being a guy who only faces lefties or righties. Everybody’s goal is to play every day, and that’s certainly my goal,” Valencia said. “And I’d like the chance to contribute against right-handed pitchers.”