Hot-hitting Felix Pie is not in the starting lineup for tonight's series opener against the New York Yankees. Manager Dave Trembley is going with a largely right-handed lineup, though Luke Scott is in the lineup as the designated hitter.
Don't know what to make of that, since Scott is 0 for 9 against Pettitte over the past two seasons. Pie did not have an at-bat in Pettitte's only previous start against the Orioles this year.
What I do know is that Pettitte is 25-6 lifetime against the Orioles and the O's are going with almost exactly the same group of hitters who managed one run off him in his first 2009 start against them. The only difference is that Ty Wigginton is at first base instead of Aubrey Huff and the order of the lineup is different.
Pie generally doesn't play against left-handers, but if he was ever going to, this would probably have been the time to see if he can stay hot. Trembley, however, may be looking at it from a different perspective. He may think the best way to keep Pie hot is not to expose him to one of the better left-handers in the game.