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Baltimore Orioles: Are Orioles’ pitchers easy to figure out?

After Andrew Cashner departed tonight’s game, I tweeted about a concern I’ve had all year about Baltimore Orioles’ pitchers. And there have been several, mind you. Cashner’s line: 2.0 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 1 BB, 1 K.

Cashner pitched into the third inning, and was lifted after giving up eight runs. The Orioles’ bullpen would go onto give up two additional runs, making the score 10-0 after three innings. And that would end up being the final score.

All season I’ve noticed in several games that starters would start things off in a decent manner. Cashner certainly did tonight. He allowed a base runner in the first inning, and mowed Oakland down in the second. Then the third hit…and Cashner got hit.

That third inning wasn’t quite one turn through the order. However the Birds started getting hit left and right. No matter what Cashner threw up there, he either issued a walk or got hit. So…what gives?

I’ve said for some time that Oriole starters have been figured out after one or two turns through the order. And while it’s not out of the realm of possibility (although I’m sure it’s happened), I’m not even saying that opposing teams are stealing signs. I’m saying something along the lines of what the NY Jets did the other night in their NFL game against Detroit. They announced after the game that they knew Detroit’s plays before they were even called.

Now I’m not necessarily going to get into the smarts of announcing that you knew someone else’s plays before they were even called. (Because not all of your opponents will know that you’re trying to learn their playbooks.) But what I’m saying is that other teams are somehow figuring out what the Orioles are doing, possibly down to pitch selection and location – all before it happens. This can be achieved through scouting, and by watching game film – not necessarily by stealing signs.

On a similar note, the O’s have had problems with two strikes and/or two outs all season. Opposing hitters have in essence been emboldened in these situations, when in reality they should probably be on their heels. This is all stuff that we will discuss in the off season, as it has to change going into next year if the O’s are going to even improve their win total year-over-year.

The series concludes tomorrow night at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Oakland’s Brett Anderson. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles fall in night cap vs. New York

The Baltimore Orioles got a quality start out of starter Andrew Cashner last night against New York. But as has been the case for most of the season, that wasn’t enough. Cashner did everything one could do as a starting pitcher to put his team in a position to win. And as I’ve said many times, that’s all you can ask of a staring pitcher. Cashner’s line: 7.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R (3 earned), 2 BB, 4 K.

New York took an immediate lead on an RBI-single by Hicks. One inning later they put another run up an inning later on a wild pitch by Cashner, and a third on a fielder’s choice-RBI by Gardner. Stanton would add an RBI-single in the fourth, and Romine a home run in the ninth to round out NY’s scoring for the evening.

The Orioles put seven hits on the board in the game. The thing was that most of them were singles. Many fans may wonder how that benefits the rebuild effort when they have guys on the roster now who can only hit singles. First and foremost, we’re about a month into the rebuild effort. In essence, at this point the Birds are just playing out a string on the season.

The real work begins in the off season, as the organization will literally start building a team. However going back to the idea of only hitting singles, many people have begged for a higher OBP over times. Isn’t that in essence what hitting singles is? Just getting on base? Eventually that effort paid off, as the Birds put a run across in the last of the ninth with an RBI-single by Jace Peterson.

At the end of the day, they dropped the night cap in the doubleheader 5-1 to New York. However going back to the just hitting singles, this illustrates why I say that small ball isn’t possible in the AL East. As good as pitching is in the division, you can almost pencil in a double-play in the immediacy of a base hit.

But the way games are won in this division is by bludgeoning your opponents. The Orioles did it from 2012-2016, and it’s being done to them now. You have to balance the hitting-for-average with power. And that’s what the rebuild in the off season will hopefully yield.

The series concludes this evening at Camden Yards in a rare Sunday night appearance for the Orioles. Dylan Bundy gets the call for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Luis Severino. Game time is set for just after 8 PM.

Baltimore Orioles, Andrew Cashner fall in Toronto

Toronto has always been a house of horrors for the Baltimore Orioles, and last night with Andrew Cashner on the mound was no exception. And it’s not just the Orioles; Toronto seems to have the clutch gene when they play at Rogers Centre, no matter who the opponent is, which is partially what’s prompted the discussion over the years about sign-stealing and the mysterious “man in white” sitting in the outfield. But I digress; Cashner’s line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 2 K.

The O’s took an early lead in the third inning on a sac fly-RBI by Chris Davis. But that sequence also illustrates my issue with playing small ball. Sure, the O’s got the lead out of that and all – that goes without saying. But as I’ve said many times, if you play for one run that’s often what you’re going to get. Sure enough, Toronto found a way out of that situation. When a team is able to pitch out of a bases-loaded situation and surrender only one run, that’s a win for the defense.

And true to form, Toronto tied the game one inning later on a Morales solo homer. Pillar’s RBI-double in the fifth gave them a 2-1 lead, which was followed up by another homer off the bat of Morales -this one of the three-run variety, giving Toronto a 5-1 lead. Again, Toronto seemingly has that clutch gene when they play at home.

A solo homer off the bat of Renato Nunez and an RBI-double by Caleb Joseph (both in the sixth inning) weren’t enough the save the Orioles, who fell 5-3 in the first of three in Toronto. The Birds fell to 0-8 at Rogers Centre this year with the loss. As I said, it’s been a house of horrors – and has been for some time. Buck Showalter on this team’s struggles at Rogers Centre (quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):

Yeah, it’s been a lot of close games. It’s a small separator, like today, where we weren’t able to do some of the things we’ve done in the past to get over that hump.

That quote doesn’t exactly address what Showalter probably meant to say regarding the team’s struggles in Toronto. And that’s because some of them are just inexplicable. The O’s just don’t play well there.

The series continues tonight from Rogers Centre. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Sam Gaviglio. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Christmas in July for Seattle

The Baltimore Orioles and starter Andrew Cashner were beaten this evening by the Seattle defense. And squarely by the Seattle defense, mind you. Granted Seattle scored more runs than the Orioles, which played a role. But I’m not sure how many times the Birds hit ’em where they ain’t, only to find that a Seattle defender was nimble enough to get there to make the play.

And mind you folks, we weren’t talking routine plays. We’re talking plays that would have either netted the Orioles a run or two, or put an additional runner on base to give them a shot at an additional run. And some of these plays defied logic. But this entire season defies logic for the Orioles.

Cashner put forward another quality start, although he had a lapse in the second inning which played a huge role. Cashner’s line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K. Cashner recorded the first two outs of the second very quickly – as quickly as he sent Seattle down 1-2-3 in the first. And then suddenly he couldn’t find the strike zone. Before you knew it the bases were loaded, and then Seattle had a 2-0 lead after Gordon’s two-RBI single.

However in between failing to get on base due to another fine defensive play by Seattle and Seattle putting more runs on the board, the O’s did battle back. Jonathan Schoop smacked a solo homer in the last of the fifth, cutting the lead to 2-1. However in a sense Seattle had the Orioles right where they wanted them; this is a team that always seems to win one-run games.

Span’s homer in the sixth would give Seattle their two-run margin back, however the Birds came back and tied it in the last of the sixth. They loaded the bases with nobody out, and Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop grounded into a run-scoring force out and fielder’s choice respectively. You might recall last week in Washington the Orioles had the bases loaded with nobody out, and only netted one run on a ground ball double-play. This result was only marginally better, however needless to say that got more than one run out of the deal.

Seattle would take the lead right back however when they loaded the bases in the seventh and Heredia scored on a wild pitch. Later in the same count Haniger would smack a sac fly-RBI, which gave Seattle their final score of 5-3 in defeating the Orioles. I can’t stress enough however, on “halfway to Christmas night,” the Orioles seemed to give Seattle gifts all night. Many of those balls would have been outs any other time. But somehow they found Seattle mitt’s and became outs.

There was a bizarre sequence towards the end of the game, with Seattle hitting in the top of the ninth. Darren O’Day was called for what might be termed a phantom balk by home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater. O’Day became incensed, and was eventually ejected (first ejection of his career). Buck Showalter came out of the dugout to continue the argument, and he was promptly shown the door as well – the 32nd ejection of his career, and first of this season.

Replays seemed to back up O’Day’s point that what he did wasn’t a balk. He didn’t do anything more than he usually does, and yes he has a hurky-jerky windup. However, Scheurwater actually called O’Day for a balk last season as well. So either Scheurwater’s the only one who’s right, or he’s seeing something that isn’t there. But needless to say, he himself was consistent with how he’s called O’Day’s windup in the past. But again, not many people saw anything there.

The series continues tomorrow night at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman gets the call for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Seattle’s James Paxton. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Opportunities wasted equal chances for others

This is becoming far too predictable of a situation for the Baltimore Orioles. A quality start by a starting pitcher, and a loss – this time Andrew Cashner. At a certain point you have to wonder if the likes of Cashner and Cobb are going to wonder what they got themselves into by signing with the Orioles, who appear to be snake bitten this season. Cashner’s line: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K.

The O’s put two runners on base in the second inning, and Trey Mancini grounded into what appeared to be an inning-ending double-play. However the O’s put a run across on a Toronto throwing error, and led 1-0. And that’s something that’s noteworthy. When you put the ball in play, good things can happen – especially with runners on base. Unfortunately for the O’s, Toronto tied it up immediately on a Martin homer.

The Orioles would put a runner in scoring position in the fifth, but wasted that opportunity. And again somewhat of a motif for the season has been that the O’s waste chances to score, and the opponent picks right up and takes it from them. True to form, Toronto took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of that fifth inning on a Grichuk solo homer.

Toronto would net three more runs in the game, including a solo homer by Pillar in the eighth. Again, this year’s Orioles team isn’t one that can allow opportunities to go by the wayside. They should know that every opportunity wasted is going to come back to bite them. There’s no margin for error for this team or this pitching staff, something that Andrew Cashner addressed after the game (quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):

Yeah, I mean, you can definitely see the record, it definitely shows. But for me, I try not to look at that too much. For me, it’s all about executing pitches and giving my team a chance to win every night. I think that is kind of the one thing I’ve done over the course of my career. I’ve kept my team in the game and given us a chance to win every night. I still believe in all those guys and we’ve just got to turn it around.

The series continues this afternoon at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Anibal Sanchez. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles’ hitters are far too precise

Another quality start by a Baltimore Orioles’ starter, this time Andrew Cashner. And yet, another loss. And the worst part? New York looked fairly susceptible last night. The game was ripe for the taking, but the O’s couldn’t muster more than one run. Cashner’s line: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K.

At first it looked like the Orioles were going to have things on track last night. Manny Machado smacked a solo homer in the first inning to give the O’s a 1-0 lead. However I’ve said this previously; it seems that all Oriole home runs these days are solo shots. And here’s the ironic part…I don’t think they’re “relying on the homer” as much as we’re being told that they are. But don’t statistics and results indicate otherwise?

Outwardly, yes. However go just a little deeper below the surface. There’s nary one hitter on the roster against whom the opponent isn’t employing some sort of shift. And true to form, the Oriole hitters are hitting the ball to almost the exact spots where opposing fielders are playing. Hence so many quick innings.

Oriole hitters have gotten so predictable that teams can position their fielders in shifts and have a great amount of confidence that the ball’s going to go to that spot. On one hand that type of precision is somewhat impressive on the Orioles’ part. However it doesn’t help when it comes to the ball finding a hole and a guy getting on base. Obviously the only true remedy to that short of adjusting your hitting is hitting the ball over the fence.

New York would tie the game at one in the third on an RBI-single by Torres. Ironically, Torres was on base after hitting directly into the Orioles’ shift. The ball deflected off of Davis’ glove at first and popped straight up into the air – enough time for Torres to get to second base. And when things are going poorly, those are the types of things that happen.

Two innings later New York had the lead on Bird’s RBI-triple. New York would also get an RBI-double from Romine in the sixth, and a solo homer from Judge in the seventh. The O’s would actually load the bases in the last of the eighth with only one out. However a Schoop strikeout and a Davis flyout ended the threat.

The series continues this afternoon (weather permitting) at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Masahiro Tanaka. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Andrew Cashner nitpicked to the right

Andrew Cashner pitched a lot better for the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon than the numbers indicate. He threw some good pitches that rightfully should have ended in either strikes or outs. However Tampa and their unconventional ways got to him. Cashner’s line: 5.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 4 K.

Cashner allowed a base runner in the first with one out on a softly-hit blooper to center. And that’s part of what Tampa does. They seem to specialize in literally hitting the ball so softly that your outfield is too far back to get it. That was followed by an RBI-triple by Wendle, and an RBI-double by Ramos (who was tagged out oversliding the bag at second).

Again in those situations, Tampa sees that the Orioles are playing their outfielders straight away. So what do they do? They push the ball into the right field corner. It’s one thing to hit them where they ain’t. But Tampa seemed to always put it where they couldn’t possibly be, on the right side of the field.

Refsnyder would flick another softly hit blooper into right center in the second, which scored their third run on the day. Later in the inning Cron’s two-RBI double would round out Tampa’s scoring for the day. When the smoke cleared, the O’s trailed 5-0.

Again, the Orioles are a conventional team that tries to hit the ball hard. Tampa’s about as non-conventional as it gets. And that bit the Orioles in the derriere this afternoon. This is not to say that the general manner in which the O’s try to win games is wrong – or that Tampa’s way is right. Because we’ve seen games this year in which the Orioles have bludgeoned Tampa. It just didn’t happen today.

The O’s would get on the board in the seventh on an RBI-single by Chris Davis, which interestingly enough was hit to left field. One inning before that however Cashner would load the bases with nobody out, prompting his exit. Tanner Scott came into the game and proceeded to strike out the side. That was good to see, as Scott inherited a mess and got the team out of it. And if anything, it makes you wonder if Tampa themselves were caught off guard. They seem to pride themselves in being ready for anything, however it’s somewhat incriminating to have no outs and the bases loaded only to end up with no runs.

The Orioles will have an opportunity to win the series tomorrow afternoon in the rubber match. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Sergio Romo. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Two-out rally haunts the Birds

I’ve been saying since spring training that the Baltimore Orioles had an uncanny problem with two outs. Heck, I’ve been saying it for years. And this afternoon it haunted Andrew Cashner, who wasn’t even here for most of that time. It just seems that this team lets up with they hit two outs in an inning, or two strikes in a count. I know that’s not the case, however the fact is that when they get put on the ropes per se, opponents seem to thrive against this team.

Cashner pitched very well this afternoon against Philadelphia. Certainly well enough to win. Cashner’s line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K. If you’re keeping track at home, that’s one out shy of a quality start. But given the weather conditions and intermittent rain that surrounded the ballpark for most of the day, it’s as quality a start as any other. He put his team in a spot to win the game – that’s all you can ask of a starter.

Adam Jones gave the Orioles the lead early with a solo homer in the first inning. However after that Philadelphia wratcheted things up defensively, and kept them off the board. But that was fine in a sense – until Philadelphia got on the board themselves, that is.

They tied it in the sixth on a Hernandez solo homer. However Cashner recorded two quick outs after that, giving false hope that all was okay. Then Philadelphia put a couple of runners on, starting with a walk – again, with two outs. I’m the first one to tell you that I’m not exactly thinking that a two out walk or base hit is going to start a rally. Especially with how Cashner was pitching. You get a strikeout or a ground ball in the infield, and you should be good to go.

And Cashner and the Birds got that ground ball. But it split two defenders in a shift off the bat of Franco, giving Philadelphia a 2-1 lead. And again, that’s a lesson that people such as myself and especially the Orioles might never learn. You HAVE to take those two out base runners seriously, or you risk a big inning.

Florimon would add an RBI-single of his own, and Hoskins an RBI-double. And when the smoke cleared, Philadelphia led 4-1. The O’s would load the bases in the eighth, but were unable to push anything across, falling to a 4-1 loss.

I would submit that the coaching staff needs to look at the approach of the pitchers and even the fielders with two strikes and two outs. I don’t think that they aren’t playing hard per se, but maybe they’re doing something unconsciously that’s making it easier for the opponent to make some noise. Mind you folks, this isn’t scientific. It’s just something I’ve noticed for years about this team.

The O’s now head back out on the road to open up a big four-game series in Boston. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s David Price. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles rained out

The Baltimore Orioles waited out a three hour plus rain delay before their game with Philadelphia was finally rained out. It will be made up at 7 PM on July 12th. The weather is also in question tomorrow, and the start time has been moved from 12:35 to 12:05 PM.

Some might question what the use of that is. In order to move a game time more than 30 minutes, you have to get the approval of both teams and the MLBPA. So while I do question what 30 minutes will do, the O’s are moving the game up by as much time as they can without any further approval. Andrew Cashner is now listed as tomorrow’s starter – weather permitting.

Baltimore Orioles open a huge stretch for 2018

The debate about whether the Baltimore Orioles should sell or not (and when) rages on as Philadelphia rolls into town this evening for a short two game series. In fact, this is a series that will last about a day-and-a-half, as tomorrow’s game is an afternoon affair. Players and coaches alike aren’t fans of these two-game sets. It’s only one game less than a regular series, however it’s somewhat disruptive to the normal grind.

At 13-28, people are saying sell, sell, sell. And almost conveniently, whatever return the Orioles got in a sale would probably not be enough for some people. But I digress. Dan Duquette said he wanted to wait things out until about Memorial Day before making any big decisions. We now enter a stretch that will leave us right at that point.

Philadelphia’s a good team, but they could also be suseptable here and there, especially with a young manager. The Orioles would do well to sweep them, however statistically most of these two-game sets end in splits. The Birds then head to Boston for four games (one of which is a makeup game). The O’s are playing better, and Boston’s looked ever-so-slightly more pedestrian than they did the first time the two teams met. Might the Birds have a shot at splitting that series also?

Let’s say that happened – just for conversation’s sake. That would put them at either 17-30 or 16-31; still not exactly competing for the division title. However look past that – the O’s head to the south side of Chicago for four games. The ChiSox are looking worse than the Orioles, who at least can say that they’ve seen an uptick in their play the last week or so. Would three-of-four be a stretch?

Following the Chicago series, the O’s head to Tampa for three games over the physical weekend days on Memorial Day weekend. The Birds just finished up with Tampa, who while having the spunk and audacity of youth, is still a young team. Again, would it be a stretch to say they could take two-of-three?

If things occurred just as I said above, the O’s would be at either 22-32 or 21-33. And we’d literally be at Memorial Day, when Washington comes to town. Many of you will say that the record would still indicate a sell-off is necessary. And I’m on record as saying that I think the Birds should consider selling Machado right now (IF they get the proper return, that is). But it would be interesting to see what people would be saying if the O’s were able to string together a few positive series’ in the next week-and-a-half or so.

And here’s the other thing; a lot of people out there refuse to look just a bit deeper and thus past the tips of their noses (no matter how long) at this team. It’s all fine and dandy to simply read the box score and/or look at the standings and callously suggest that you know what’s going on or what the story is. Let’s keep in mind that this Orioles team was incredibly nick’d up the first five weeks or so of the season. The likes of Schoop, Beckham, Trumbo, Britton, and O’Day were on the DL. Some of them still are. Now they have Schoop and Trumbo back, and that at least has the offense looking better.

They also had just about everything go wrong in games that could have gone wrong. And I’m not talking about errors, many of which could be attributed to some of the aforementioned injuries. I’m talking about balls taking weird hops, instant replay overturns that shouldn’t have happened, strike zones changing, etc. So what, am I saying that the Orioles are actually a team in contention in disguise?

No, not at all. I’m saying that there are intangibles in games, all of which seemed to break the opponent’s way regarding the Orioles for some time. You’re never as bad as you’re made out to be when things are really going poorly. The Orioles are an example of that. And when things are going well, you’re never really as good as you think. As I said above, Boston’s looked just a bit more human over the past couple of weeks.

Mind you folks, when I went through the litany of games and series’ above, those weren’t predictions. Those were me saying what was possible and where it would leave the Birds. If they’re going to end up with a respectable record, they have to start shaving space off between wins and losses. And you do that by winning series’.

The series with Philadelphia opens tonight at Camden Yards. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Philadelphia’s Nick Pivetta. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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