Good morning, Birdland!
Last night’s win was fairly nice, proper? The Orioles starter acquired by 5 innings. The offense didn’t look utterly impotent. Cedric Mullins acquired again on monitor. And the bullpen was nice! Plus, they wrapped up the win in a speedy two hours and 32 minutes.
It wasn’t excellent, after all. The Orioles lineup went silent within the remaining 4 frames, and Trey Mancini’s 0-for-4, 4 strikeout efficiency was notably regarding. However let’s follow the positives. That is solely the crew’s second win in that final eight video games. There shall be loads of time for dragging them afterward.
Maybe the largest takeaway was that Jorge López appeared unbelievable. Sure, he did surrender two house runs within the fifth inning, so the questions on his means to get by a lineup a number of instances stay. However take a look at these first 4 innings. He had the very best velocity of his profession, touching 97 all through the evening. And his command was totally locked in. He entered the sport with doubts about whether or not he might deal with a starter’s function. On the very least, he earned himself one other flip within the rotation.
Each week that goes by the place the O’s can proceed to depend on the identical beginning rotation that started the yr, the higher. The group appears occupied with letting the likes of Zac Lowther, Mike Baumann, and Alex Wells face Triple-A lineups a couple of instances earlier than pushing them to the massive leagues. With the minor league season not beginning till Might, that may require López and his friends to hold on for some time longer.
Kremer starts Saturday, Hays nearing return and more | School of Roch
The starter for immediately was TBD till Friday afternoon, however giving Dean Kremer the ball is sensible. He shall be on quick relaxation, however he solely threw 54 pitches in his final outing and needs to be recent sufficient. Even nonetheless, this looks like a recreation the place Tyler Wells or Wade LeBlanc might make an early look.
13 Orioles observations for 13 games, from a rough start at the plate to bright spots on the mound | The Baltimore Sun
The Orioles have had a bizarre opening two weeks to the season. It’s not too shocking that the bullpen has been somewhat good. There have been all the time sufficient high quality arms there to make it work. However the excessive struggles of the lineup are bizarre, and it’s coming from the entire gamers that had been anticipated to have huge influence. You would need to suppose that, finally, that may change.
Observations on Orioles’ hitting and starting pitching through first 2 weeks | BaltimoreBaseball.com
If the Orioles finish the season with the .429 successful proportion that they at present have, that seemingly means they’d a reasonably profitable season. That will put them proper close to the 70-win mark. That mentioned, there’s numerous baseball left to be performed.
Austin Hays’ pending return means Brandon Hyde will have fully stocked Orioles outfield for first time | The Baltimore Sun
This can be a good drawback to have. Brandon Hyde isn’t going to have the ability to get Mullins, Hays, DJ Stewart, Ryan Mountcastle, and Anthony Santander into the lineup on the identical time. There aren’t sufficient positions to go round. Nevertheless it does give Hyde choices and the power to tug a helpful bat off the bench late in video games ought to he want it.
This is a Cedric Mullins appreciation podcast now (Ep. 64) | The Warehouse Podcast
Hearken to this! Or don’t. You might be your personal particular person, and what I say has no barring on what you determine to do along with your weekend.
Is it your birthday? Blissful birthday!
- Craig Worthington turns 56 immediately. The previous third baseman spent 4 seasons in Baltimore from 1988 by 1991. He posted a 2.6 bWAR and 93 OPS+ whereas with the Orioles.
- Former catcher Dave Huppert is 64 years outdated. He performed in two video games for the 1983 Orioles.
Today in historical past
1993 – The Orioles fall sufferer to the uncommon triple play TOOTBLAN in a recreation they finally lose 7-5 to the Angels. The Baltimore Sun documented the poor baserunning.