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Baltimore Orioles break out at Fenway

Alex Cobb was the beneficiary of Baltimore Orioles’ bats finally breaking out of their funk last night at Fenway Park. And in fact, Cobb did his part as well, shutting down Boston’s offense that had looked so potent in the first two games of the series. Cobb’s line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K.

Rio Ruiz‘s second inning RBI-single got the Larry started. Later in the inning Cedric Mullins‘ two-RBI double ran things to 3-0. But they were only getting warmed up.

Two innings later Ramon Urias added an RBI-double, Hanser Alberto a sac fly-RBI, and Jose Iglesias a solo home run. And suddenly the rout was on. One inning later the Birds led 8-0, and Boston netted one token run. It was the lone run they would score in the game.

Everyone got into the act in this game. Pat Valaika‘s solo homer in the seventh gave the O’s a 9-1 lead. One inning later Ryan Mountcastle added an RBI-single in the eighth, and Austin Hays a solo homer in the ninth. The O’s would also tack on two additional runs in the ninth inning to run the final to 13-1.

It’s amazing how the O’s could look so bad in the first two games of this series, only to put everything together in the finale. But we’ve seen time and time again in baseball that things as such do happen. Boston may have won the series, but their final impression of the 2020 Orioles will be getting lambasted 13-1.

The O’s now head to Buffalo for the final series of the year against Toronto. As of now, starters for both teams in tonight’s series opener are TBD. Game time is set for just after 6:30 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Alex Cobb a hard-luck loser

Alex Cobb gave the Baltimore Orioles a quality start last night. Against Tampa. That can’t be argued. In fact, it may have been Cobb’s best start of the season. However it was Oriole bats that couldn’t get untracked in the game last night, equaling a loss for the O’s. Cobb’s line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K.

Cobb gave up one run in the last of the first on Lowe’s RBI-single. And again, Tampa finds the littlest ways to beat you – or the least likely manner, I suppose I should say. That was set up by a triple – didn’t see that coming.

An RBI-single in the third would give Tampa a 2-0 lead. The lone Orioles’ run came in the fourth inning on Austin Hays‘ solo homer. But when you only score one run, the opponent only needs two. Tampa was able to get exactly what they needed, and defeated Cobb and the Birds.

After the game Cobb addressed the “streakiness” of his season (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

It’s been up and down. I felt like I started off pretty well and then the middle part toward this later part I’ve been struggling to find … We’ve been trying to make a lot of adjustments with the delivery. I’ve been working with (Darren) Holmes and Brocail a lot, especially this last week to make some adjustments and I think it’s going to pay off a lot in the long run. But it’s a challenge to do that in-season and feel comfortable out there. But it’s something you have to go through in game situations to work on stuff to see how hitters are responding to your stuff and see if you’re on the right path. There’s been some games where I’ve had to battle and try to get through it, but I think we’ve made a lot of progress. And coming off the year last year, where my health got me and I had to have two surgeries, I knew this year was going to have these types of moments where they’ve been up and down and trying to find your delivery and stuff like that. It’s difficult, but I think that the trajectory has been moving up and I’m pleased with that.

The series continues tonight at Camden Yards. Jorge Lopez gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Charlie Morton. Game time is set for just after 7:30 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Alex Cobb a hard-luck loser on flukey plays

If you look at the Baltimore Orioles’ line score, Alex Cobb‘s Numbers don’t look so hot. However he was pretty on his game tonight. Sometimes the line or box score doesn’t tell the story that should or could be told. Cobb’s line: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 4 K.

Cobb retired Toronto in short order in the first two innings. However he allowed two infield base hits to start off the third. That’s two balls that were placed perfectly and had to be eaten. Two base runners, no outs.

Biggio then connected on another infield hit, in what amounted to a swinging bunt up the third base line. That scored a run, giving Toronto a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning Grichuk would smack a three-run homer, and the O’s trailed 4-0.

Now one might argue that a pitcher who gave up a three-run homer shouldn’t be called a hard-luck loser. And that’s a fair point. However keep in mind that those runners wouldn’t have been on base if not for the infield hits. So all things being equal, it easily could have just been 1-0 Toronto. Instead, it was 4-0.

Pedro Severino would get the O’s on the board in the last of the fourth with an RBI-single. However to their credit, Toronto pitching shut the Orioles down for the rest of the game. And in fact, Toronto would even score an additional run in similar fashion. Grichuk would dump a softly-hit bloop RBI-single into shallow right center field. And as insurance runs, Biggio would add a two-run homer in the ninth. Just for good measure, the O’s decided to get into the bloop game. Renato Nunez‘s bloop RBI-single tan the final to 7-2 in Toronto’s favor.

The Orioles have struggled over a great many years with teams that would nitpick them to death in this manner. Dating back over several different era’s. Think back to the 2014 ALCS against Kansas City. The O’s were paper cut to death in a series full of broken bat and bloop singles.

I’m not sure how you defend against this type of thing. The only defense is a good offense, and that didn’t happen for the Orioles tonight. If you keep the bats hot you can keep up in games. Even when the opponent’s getting every break in the book. Granted Toronto did get three runs off of homers. But the damage was done in simplistic manners.

The series continues tomorrow at Camden Yards. Wade LeBlanc gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Nate Pearson. Game time is set for just after 7:30 PM.

Baltimore Orioles head to South Philly

The Baltimore Orioles open up a three-game set in Philadelphia tonight against the Phillies. Discounting the exhibition game the teams played at Citizens Bank Park last month, I remember well the last time the Birds were in Philly. July of 2018.

For the record, the Orioles lost both games of that short two-game series. It was the beginning of the end of the Showalter/Jones era. However as a history buff I really enjoyed getting to go around Philadelphia to locations such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, etc…ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. History’s one of my passions in life. So while I didn’t have time to wait in line to go into the signing room, I felt that simply being at that hallowed ground on that day put me in the presence of some of the greatest men in American history.

The series begins tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Alex Cobb gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Philadelphia’s Zach Wheeler. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Miami pitching wearing Birds out

The Baltimore Orioles has two hard luck losers in yesterday’s doubleheader: Alex Cobb and Asher Wojchiekowski. Cobb’s line (game one): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 Ann, 7 K. Wojchiekowski’s line (game two): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K.

The O’s in this series have really suffered from death by paper cut. Oriole pitching has been great in the three games thus far with Miami. However Miami’s pitching’s been superb.

Cobb gave up a solo homer to Anderson in the fourth inning of game one. Normally a solo homer isn’t going to beat you. But when you don’t score any runs, it’s entirely capable of beating you. And in that case, it did.

Aguilar got Miami on the board right away in game two with a sac fly-RBI. Later in the inning Anderson’s RBI-single would run the score to 2-0. And the Birds held Miami off the board for the rest of the day. They did however mount a slight comeback when Austin Hays‘ RBI-single in the sixth cut the lead to 2-1. But that was the final, and the O’s were swept in the doubleheader.

And incidentally, it was perhaps the strangest doubleheader in franchise history. Per MLB’s new rules for this year, doubleheader’s are only seven innings. On top of that, the Birds played the doubleheader at Camden Yards. Yet they were the visiting team in game two.

Seeing the Birds bat first in the inning at Oriole Park was just bizarre. The Orioles still wore their home whites, but for the purposes of last at-bats and so forth Miami was the home team. That will be the case tonight also.

The series concludes tonight at Camden Yards – again with Miami “hosting” the O’s. Wade LeBlanc gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Miami’s Jordan Yamamoto. Game time is set for just after 7:30 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Alex Cobb strong in Birds’ loss

Alex Cobb gave them Baltimore Orioles exactly what they were looking for tonight against Washington in an exhibition game. He got his work in, and looked fairly solid in doing so. Cobb’s line: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K.

Cobb of course missed most of last season with an injury, and the organization’s goal is to have him ready for the regular season. The thought is that he’ll be pitching the second game of the year in Boston. But we’ll have to see. With this start tonight they did actually set him up to pitch that night.

Cobb surrendered a tworun homer in the fourth to Kendrick, giving Washington a 2-0 lead. However Chris Davis began the last of that fourth inning with a double. And I think that’s important to note. Davis of course has struggled the past few seasons, at times swinging straight through pitches right down the pike. He was having a great spring before play was halted. If he can continue getting on base and so forth, the Orioles will be in a much better position in games this season.

Following a swinging bunt that sent Davis to third, he scored on an RBI-groundout by Rio Ruiz. That cut Washington’s lead to 2-1. But more importantly it showed that the Orioles were capable of manufacturing a run.

Washington would add two more in the seventh, and Renato Nunez added about RBI-single in the eighth as the Birds fell 4-2 in this exhibition game. Incidentally, the Nunez RBI-single was a good sign also. He fought a tough pitch off and sent a flare into shallow right field. Opposing teams have made careers out of picking the Orioles to death over the years. It’s good to see they can do the same on occasion.

The takeaway from this game is that Cobb was crisp. He did surrender that two-run homer, however in reality he threw one bad pitch. I think the Orioles can live with that sort of outing out of Cobb. Or any starter for that matter.

The O’s will close out their summer camp exhibition schedule tomorrow night as they take on Washington again, this time at Nationals Park in our nation’s capital. Kohl Stewart gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Washington’s Patrick Corbin. Game time is set for just after 6 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Alex Cobb expected a full go in Spring Training

Baltimore Orioles’ GM Mike Elias appeared on WJZ-FM’s Orioles Hot Stove Show late last week. A wide array of topics were covered, including the outlook for Orioles’ starter Alex Cobb. In short, Cobb is expected to be ready to go for spring training.

Cobb of course had hip surgery this past season, which ended his year. Elias on Cobb (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

I think you saw this year how much it hurt us not having him. After we lost him, we were really just scrambling for any semblance of innings, starting pitching, and certainly the vacancy that a veteran like Alex Cobb leaves when he’s hurt, especially with the investment that we have in him, it stings. And so the fact that his (hip) surgery went well.

He had a procedure that kind of shaves off some bone in his hip and it was impinging on soft tissue in his hip. He feels great. It’s a pretty simple procedure. We expect that he’ll be fully healthy in that regard. It’s just going to be a matter of how built up his arm is and how many innings he’s going to be able to provide us. But having him back for a number of reasons will be good.

He had that great first outing against the Yankees at home and I think that’s what he’s capable of when he’s healthy, and hopefully we get that version next year. We expect to.

I would say that if there’s a default guy to be the Opening Day starter, it’s Alex Cobb. I say that based solely on Elias’ comments detailed above. If Cobb can be solid for the Orioles out of the gate, he could easily be a candidate for a trade at the deadline, which could net the O’s a young prospect or two.

But that’s a big IF. Cobb has had his share of injury issues over the years. It’s also contingent on him starting well out out of the gate. Which means that Spring Training will be very important for Cobb. A Spring Training in which he should be a full go.

Baltimore Orioles: Sometimes solo home runs do actually beat you

The Baltimore Orioles were once again the exception to the rule last night. The common saying is that solo home runs don’t beat you. In general, I’m going to believe that 100%. However Minnesota smacked five solo homers last night, four of which came off of starter Alex Cobb. Cobb’s line: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 earned), 1 BB, 2 K.

Minnesota hammered Oriole pitching last weekend at Camden Yards. Part of that was a start by Cobb, but they smacked around pretty much all Oriole pitchers that they saw. And the home runs went a long way. We also saw that continue last night – lots of homers, and they went a long way. How is that explained?

I’m not sure it can be, other than saying just that Minnesota’s really kicked in on the Orioles. Heck, they’re so locked in it seems that everyone’s hitting home runs. They aren’t bothering with singles or doubles, meaning that all the homers are coming with nobody on base. Which turns that long-standing rule (solo homers don’t beat you) on it’s side.

Cruz, Rosario, and Cron homered back-to-back-to-back in the first inning. That in essence put the Orioles on notice that this game was in essence going to be a continuation of last weekend’s series. And Minnesota was off to the races.

Cobb settled down in the second, however Minnesota struck again in the third with a solo homer by Kepler. One inning later (after Cobb had exited the game) Cruz smacked a second homer. Go figure, also a solo shot. They would put up a fifth run off of a Rickard error later in the inning. The only run they scored on the night which wasn’t a solo homer.

Dwight Smith Jr. would get the Birds on the board with an RBI-single in the sixth. But it would only be a token run, as Minnesota wasn’t relenting. Part of the issue offensively is that the O’s were 1-for-9 with RISP. That was also a big issue last weekend, as the Orioles left a small army on base.

Ironically, Minnesota’s numbers with RISP were worse – 0-for-6. But when you’re hitting all of those solo homers, you don’t have to have to worry about hitting with runners in scoring position. And again as I said, Minnesota managed to find the exception to a long-standing rule.

The series continues this afternoon at Target Field. Dan Straily gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Minnesota’s Jose Berrios. Game time is set for just after 2 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: How healthy is Alex Cobb?

The Baltimore Orioles will start Alex Cobb in tonight’s series opener in Minnesota. Cobb you might remember came off the Injured List last weekend just in time to get run out of the ballpark by the same Minnesota team he’s facing tonight. So the question is how healthy is Cobb?

Perhaps the bigger question should be how much rehabbing has he done, and how effectively at that? When Cobb came off the IL (due to a lumbar strain) he didn’t spend any time in the minors on a rehab assignment. He said he felt good, but his rehab was pitching simulated games. Again, this as opposed to a rehab assignment.

Just as spring training games are important to get guys ready for the season, I really feel that rehab assignments are important for injured players. Even if the player’s been out of commission for a short period, it still helps you to get your timing back a bit, and to see live game action. Simulated games are fine, but they aren’t live bullets. There’s a big difference.

Cobb could have taken that type of beating in a minor league game, and then perhaps been ready to come back to the Orioles when he was right. At the end of the day, they opted to do a simulated game – certainly their choice. But the question is whether or not that was the right choice. Tough to say.

The series in Minnesota begins tonight at Target Field. The aforementioned Alex Cobb will get the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Minnesota’s Martin Perez. Game time is set for just after 8 PM.

On a personal note, you can still follow the Birds here on, and via my Twitter feed. However you might notice some oddities regarding the timing of the columns and in-game tweets. Unfortunately for you, the Orioles aren’t my first priority this weekend – I’ll be attending my sister’s wedding over the weekend. So again, you can expect game recaps as normal, just well after the games have ended. Sorry folks, this is kind of a big deal!

Baltimore Orioles fall, potentially lose Alex Cobb

Just today I was telling someone that there’s one small silver lining to the Baltimore Orioles Opening the season with two of their first three series’ being against New York. And that’s the fact that New York has a plethora of injuries right now. If you’re going to play six games in a week against them, you might as well do so when they aren’t at full strength.

Then Opening Day starter Alex Cobb took the mound this evening in his final spring start of the year, vs. Minnesota. Cobb pitched one inning, and showed no sign of discomfort. However when the last of the second came around, Cobb was out of the game. The Orioles later announced that he had groin tightness, and after the game they said it was a mild groin strain. They felt they got him out in time, but that remains to be seen.

No folks, my commentary about New York’s injury issues didn’t cause this. Just a coincidence. As of when this is being written, Cobb is still slated to start on Opening Day. It’s unclear if that’ll end up being the case. It just matters how Cobb feels going through this week. Cobb’s line: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.

This meant that the Orioles’ bullpen was called into early action – not something that happens often in spring games. Jimmy Yacabonis gave up a two-run homer to Castro, Cruz added an RBI-double, as sos Rosario (in the third). The Orioles trailed 4-0.

But the Orioles did make a small run. Dwight Smith Jr. smacked a solo homer in the last of the third. Later in the inning Chris Davis smacked a moonshot solo homer, and the O’s had cut the lead in half at 4-2.

However Minnesota put up another four runs in the fourth. A softly-hit bloop RBI-single, and a three-run homer; the Birds trailed 8-2. However Smith came back up in the last of the fourth and reached on a Schoop error, scoring a run. However two innings later in the last of the sixth Eduardo Nunez‘s solo homer cut the Minnesota lead to 8-4.

Dwight Smith has a great game, smacking a two-RBI double later in that sixth inning. One inning later Rio Ruiz‘s solo homer brought the O’s to within 8-7. And that ended up being your ballgame. But the Birds have bigger issues now than dropping this game.

As this column is being written, Alex Cobb is still the Opening Day starter on Thursday. Will that change? If so, who now gets the ball?

The Orioles really find themselves in an unfortunate position in that regard. It would seem to me that the next man up would in theory be Andrew Cashner – who’s also scheduled to start tomorrow afternoon’s game. If Cashner were to now start tomorrow, he’d find himself pitching on short rest on Thursday (if in fact he was the new Opening Day starter).

So I’m short, Cobb couldn’t have possibly injured himself at a worse time. To make matters worse, Austin Wynns injured himself a n a minor league game today. The injury occurred as he slid into a base, and he’ll have an MRI on his wrist tomorrow. Not good news for the O’s.

Tomorrow the Orioles’ “A team” will remain in Sarasota to take on Pittsburgh (while the “B team” heads to Clearwater to take on Philadelphia). Again as this is being written the aforementioned Andrew Cashner is slated as the Orioles’ starter, and he’ll be opposed by Pittsburgh’s Trevor Williams game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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