Baltimore Orioles found something in Gabriel Ynoa?
Odds are that the Baltimore Orioles have already turned their attention to next season in terms of pitching among other things. That might be why we’ve seen guys like Gabriel Ynoa get an extended look this September. That continued last night, and Ynoa dazzled against Tampa. Ynoa’s line: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K.
The Orioles were able to break their 26 inning scoring drought, and they did so early on. In fact, it appeared for awhile that they were going to take all of their scoring issues out on Tampa. Again, they did break the drought – but barely.
Machado smacked a two-run homer in the first inning to give the O’s a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning Mancini’s RBI-double ran the score to 3-0. Again, it looked like the Orioles’ offense was about to break out. But that’s where the scoring stopped. The question was would that be enough.
Tampa would net a run in the third when Miller scored on an error by Hays in right field. However that’s as close as Tampa got, When you get starting pitching like the Orioles got last night from Ynoa, you don’t have to worry about keeping the opposition down.
Keep in mind that the Orioles acquired Ynoa in what was a low-level move at the time towards the tail end of spring training from Philadelphia for cash considerations. He had a cup of coffee in the bigs early in the season, but spent most of the year in the minors. But could he be a factor next year?
And the answer to that is yes – he could be a factor. It’s tough to say in general right now obviously. Regardless of how effective any of the pitchers are, Miley, Jimenez, and Tillman are free agents after the season. (Miley has a club option, however I suspect the Birds won’t pick that up). My personal opinion is that Tillman will be back, probably on a one-year deal. So that leaves two slots that in theory right now would remain open.
That means that the Orioles are going to have to fill those slots – either internally, or via free agency. I can’t see them finding a top line starter this off season, although there are guys out there who would in theory be upgrades. However Ynoa could very well be an inhouse fix. I’ll be interested to see how he does in spring training next year.