What’s happening? – Keegan Akin will start for the Orioles against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:05 p.m. on Thursday at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.
Akin has allowed four runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings for a 5.40 ERA. He’s struck out 11 and walked five. He’ll be opposed by Pittsburgh’s Sean Poppen.
Ryan Mountcastle was in the original lineup Wednesday, but was later scratched.
“It’s a non-physical injury,” manager Brandon Hyde said after the game. “It’s something I can’t disclose right now. Hopefully, he’s out there [Thursday].”
Hyde said he has not told any players they’ve made the team.
“Our pitching situation is very much in flux,” Hyde said. “There’s still a lot of questions to be answered. I don’t know if we’re going to have a five- or six-man [rotation]. I don’t know if we’re going to have 13 or 14 [pitchers]. We haven’t made those decisions yet.
Hyde said before Wednesday night’s game that he wants Akin and Dean Kremer, who pitched well against the Red Sox, to show more control.
“They had a few starts last year where they proved that they can pitch in the big leagues and they can pitch in our division,” Hyde said.
“They just haven’t shown that command this spring. They’re both going to get opportunities this last week to harness that command and be the pitchers that we feel that they are. It is spring training, also. Both guys have been working on things, but I’d like to see the fastball there. I’d like to see the fastball aggressiveness in the strike zone.”
Longtime Orioles broadcaster Jim Hunter has joined Maryland Public Television as a host for its pledge programming. Hunter, who called games from 1997-2019, will also be a voiceover narrator for the station.
Oriole fans in Washington can listen to games this season on ESPN 630. The station and the Orioles signed a multi-year agreement.
MASN announced an agreement with Cox, enabling viewers to continue to receive Oriole games.
What happened? Kremer allowed two runs — a two-run homer to Hunter Renfroe in the third — in in 4 2/3 innings as the Orioles lost to the Boston Red Sox, 2-0, at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida on Wednesday night.
Boston had five hits. Kremer struck out five and walked one.
“Slowly but surely, I’m starting to execute more and more and get a better feel for all my stuff,” Kremer said.
Kremer could have a final start on Monday before the Orioles leave Florida.
“It positively had its ups and downs,” Kremer mentioned of spring coaching. “For probably the most half, I believe I’ve achieved what I got here right here to do, simply get a greater really feel for my stuff and attempt to make a spot on this roster.”
Nathan Eovaldi pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings in opposition to the Orioles. He gave up 4 hits and a stroll. The Orioles didn’t attain base in 3 1/3 innings in opposition to three Pink Sox relievers.
“We noticed main league pitching tonight,” Hyde mentioned. “Eovaldi was actually good. We all know him very nicely from the previous couple of years. He was throwing 100 with a cutter, robust to hit, in order that was extra of a significant league baseball sport from a pitching standpoint.
“I believed Dean threw the ball extraordinarily nicely. I used to be actually excited and pleased with the quantity of strikes that he threw. He was touchdown breaking balls. I believed he was extra aggressive together with his fastball within the strike zone, some put-away breaking balls as nicely. The one blip with the leadoff stroll and the two-run residence run to Renfroe. Moreover that, I believed he threw an impressive ballgame.”
Zac Lowther pitched three spotless innings.
“That was the primary time I’ve actually seen him for an prolonged interval in sport motion, and I believed he actually threw the ball nicely,” Hyde mentioned. “He got here in in a very robust spot, acquired a pleasant double play floor ball with one out with the bases loaded, threw two actually good innings after that.
“I appreciated the best way he commanded his fastball, attacked hitters, threw changeups for strikes. I like the quantity of changeups he threw. He went on the market with out worry and attacked their hitters.”
What’s up with? Mac Sceroler is one in every of two Rule 5 picks making an attempt to make the Orioles. Sceroler, the nephew of Orioles’ broadcaster and former pitcher Ben McDonald, was drafted from the Cincinnati Reds.
Sceroler has had three good outings with 4 scoreless innings and one dangerous one. On March fifth in opposition to the Toronto Blue Jays, he retired only one batter whereas permitting 5 runs on three hits and two walks.
“Each man on this clubhouse is tremendous useful and pleasant, man,” Sceroler mentioned. “By way of serving to one another out, whether or not or not we’re competing for a similar place, all people is providing their assist to us, which I discover actually cool.”
What’s the phrase? “All our pitching query marks are going to be one thing we’re focusing closely on this final week, and we’re going to return up the very best choices to provide ourselves the very best likelihood to win in addition to what’s greatest for our gamers.”-Hyde on the composition of the Orioles’ pitching employees.
What’s what? Hyde identified that the Orioles confronted Boston’s regulars, and that Lowther’s efficiency will go away a optimistic impression on the workforce. Lowther will begin the season at Triple-A Norfolk, but when he pitches nicely there, he might spend vital time in Baltimore this summer season.
What’s the quantity? 9. Eric Hanhold has appeared in 9 video games. No different Oriole pitcher has been in additional than 5. Hanhold acquired the ultimate out of the fifth however allowed two hits and a stroll within the sixth with out recording an out.
What’s the report? 8-14-1. The Orioles play the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:05 p.m. on Thursday. It’s MASN’s second and closing telecast and will also be heard on 105.7 The Fan and the Orioles Radio Community.