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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.

Baltimore Orioles: Command issues hurt Andrew Cashner

Andrew Cashner‘s had a tough go in his first month as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. He’s had a tough go of things, and in fact that trend continued last night against Detroit. Cashner’s line: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R (6 earned), 3 BB, 4 K.

Cashner suffered from command issues in last night’s game, which had the Orioles playing catch-up literally from the beginning. Cashner gave up an RBI-single in the first inning. One inning later Martin’s RBI-single ran the tally to 2-0, which was followed up by a Cabrera three-run home run. And before we knew it, the Birds trailed 5-0.

Cashner was throwing strikes. If anything he was getting too much of the plate with his pitches. And that can be as big of a problem as not catching the plate. Because if you’re catching too much of it, you’re going to get hammered. Buck Showalter on Cashner (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

Just, you could see the very first hitter, that’s something that’s not very characteristic of him. His command. He just didn’t have a good feel for it. He’s trying to go off the plate and almost bounced a breaking ball I think to Cabrera and kind of centers it up a little bit. Just never really got into sync, so to speak. He’s been pitching so well for us for the most part. I know that’s frustrating for him.

Detroit would plate two more runs in the fourth and one in the seventh, but the O’s would start a comeback attempt in the fifth on Gentry’s RBI-groundout. However it was the last of the seventh which really put them in business. The Birds would load the bases with one out, and Chance Sisco was hit by a pitch – scoring a run. Jace Peterson would then walk, netting another run. And Manny Machado‘s two-RBI single would bring the O’s to within 8-5. However Martinez would smack a solo homer in the top of the ninth, giving Detroit an insurance run and an eventual 9-5 win.

As Buck Showalter says all the time, sometimes you just have to tip your cap to the other side. Detroit starter Liriano was really good last night. And that’s a quality that a lot of Oriole opponents have shown this month. The question is whether or not opposing starters have been good BECAUSE of the Orioles, of if they’ve just been really good. I suppose it matters how you want to look at it.

The O’s will have a shot to win the series in the finale this afternoon at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Daniel Norris. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Big series in the Motor City

The Baltimore Orioles motor into Detroit this evening to open a three-game series. However this isn’t just any three-game set – the very soul of the season may well be on the line for the Birds. And I don’t say that lightly. You can’t win a division in April (although Boston and the New York Mets seem to think you can), but you can certainly lose one.

And it’s interested that I brought up Boston above. The Orioles aren’t the only team on which they’ve beaten up this year, obviously since they’re 12-2. As good of a team as they are, they’ve probably over-achieved a bit thus far. And the Orioles, while not perfect, aren’t as bad as they’ve looked. However they’ve under-achieved thus far.

But it’s also fair to look at the teams’ schedules and compare them a bit. Boston got Tampa twice, Miami, New York (Yankees), and the Orioles. The Birds got Minnesota, Houston, New York (Yankees), Toronto, and Boston. Boston’s had a much lighter schedule – on paper that is.

For the firs time, the O’s will get to play a series starting tonight in which they’re playing an opponent that they should handle mightily. Now I say that with a fair amount of trepidation, as the games aren’t played on paper. They just aren’t. Detroit could well decide to take up that mantle of over-achieving, and take the fight straight to the Orioles tonight and for the remainder of the week. But the Orioles have to find a way to make sure that doesn’t happen.

And that means zeroing in on the strike zone, and anticipating pitches better than they’ve done. This season isn’t over by a long shot, and the battle to get back in has to start tonight. Incidentally regarding the schedule, the O’s have only played six home games thus far. Now granted they’ve only won two of them, but in reality it’s almost like a three-week road trip given the fact that they could never really unpack and stay awhile.

That changes after this series, as the O’s will play their longest home stand of the season. But there’s little relief in that right off the bat, as Cleveland comes in this weekend. But following them they’ll see Tampa and then Detroit again. But all of these games are only worth anything to the Birds if they can win most of them – and again, that effort must start tonight.

The series opens this evening at Comerica Park in Detroit. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Francisco Liriano. Game time is set for just after 6:30 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Bats only used on the road?

The Baltimore Orioles got a great effort out of starter Andrew Cashner last night, but it wasn’t enough. Of late, that’s seemed to be the case when it comes to their starting pitching. As the season got rolling we thought it would be the hitting that carried the team. While there have certainly be games where the starters have struggled, the starting pitching has been more consistent than the hitting thus far. Cashner’s line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K.

However the strange thing is that Oriole bats were very active this past weekend in the Bronx. The Orioles were being no-hit last night into the eighth inning. Is it the cold? It might be easy to point to that, but it was colder in NYC this past weekend than it is in Baltimore right now. And manager Buck Showalter isn’t about to fall back on that excuse (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

That’s an excuse that our guys won’t use. You look up on the scoreboard and somebody’s scoring a bunch of runs in cold weather. It’s the conditions we play in and in the past we’ve got some guys with a track record that that hasn’t affected. I don’t think that’s going to come into it. I know the people who came out for the game tonight really don’t want to hear it.

The O’s thus far are just one of those very rare teams that doesn’t play very well at home, but okay on the road. And while you play as many road games as you do home games, that’s kind of a problem. You want to protect your home field so to speak. Buck Showalter also pointed out that quite a few Orioles squared balls up well last night and were robbed. So it isn’t as if guys aren’t hitting the ball well, teams are just playing good defense against the O’s.

While the O’s were being no-hit, Toronto couldn’t muster much either. The teams played to a scoreless draw through seven innings. Toronto would put a run across in the eighth on a throwing error to take a 1-0 lead. However once they got their fist hit, the O’s came right back. Sisco’s RBI-single tied the game at one. However in the end, it was a mislocated O’Day pitch that did the O’s in. Granderson smacked a solo homer against him in the ninth, and Toronto went home winners at 2-1.

The Birds had a flurry of chances in those final two innings, but could only muster one run out of a bases loaded situation. And yes, Toronto set their defense almost perfectly. That should tell the Orioles that their hitters are becoming too predictable. Sometimes spectacular defensive plays aren’t made fully by sheer skill and a bit of luck. Sometimes it’s also due in part to the fact that the defense was set up right where the batter usually hits the ball. And that’s part of what’s happening with the O’s.

The O’s will try to salvage one game in this series and homestand this evening at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Marco Estrada. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Andrew Cashner solid in debut as Birds beat Philadelphia

Baltimore Orioles fans got a look for the first time this evening at the team’s biggest off season acquisition, Andrew Cashner. And Cashner didn’t disappoint, as he became the first Orioles pitcher this spring to go further than three innings into a game as a starter. Cashner’s line: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K.

Cashner retired seven hitters on ground balls, which he said after his outing was part of what he was trying to do (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

I think part of my game plan is to pitch up with my fastball. High sinkers are really hard to hit, but I think It’s keeping the ball down, getting my strikes early and then trying to finish them up late is definitely kind of the game plan.

Cashner would go onto say that he felt he could have executed some of his pitches better, however the outing itself and the numbers indicate otherwise. However it’s good to see that he can offer constructive criticism on himself if he feels it’s necessary. As gritty as a spring outing can be, this was a gritty outing on Cashner’s part.

The tone for the game was set in the top of the second when Philadelphia had one on and nobody out. Altherr sent a deep pop fly near the right field foul line, and Craig Gentry slid and caught it. That in and of itself was a great play and a great effort, but Gentry was also able to throw the ball back in and double the runner off of first base. It’s defensive plays as such which stand out to the coaching staff.

The teams played to a scoreless tie into the fifth inning, when Austin Hays‘ RBI-single broke the tie and gave the Birds a 1-0 lead. Hays would later find himself being plated as Caleb Joseph smacked a home run to left field. This wasn’t a wind-aided, “Florida-type” of homer. It was a no-doubter, and the outfield barely moved. If Joseph’s bat can get going, the Orioles will find themselves in really good shape this year.

Anthony Santander would smack an RBI-single up the middle in the last of the seventh for an insurance run, and the Birds cruised past Philadelphia, 4-0. In terms of winning and losing the game, that insurance run was important. However it’s also important from the perspective of the fact that four runs in a game is a magic number of sorts. The odds of victory go up dramatically if you get four plus runs in a game.

This was a split squad day for the Orioles, with the B-Team having defeated Boston earlier in the day in Fort Myers. Hunter Harvey pitched three innings, surrendering two runs. Ryan Mountcastle also smacked a homer in the ninth inning. By virtue of sweeping the split squad day, the Orioles are now 9-8 on the spring – for those who care about records.

The Orioles will head over to Bradenton tomorrow to take on Pittsburgh. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Pittsburgh’s Tyler Glasnow. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Is Andrew Cashner a good signing?

The Baltimore Orioles wowed their fans with their most exciting day of the off season yesterday when they announced they had signed Andrew Cashner. Okay, perhaps there was a hint of sarcasm there. However the fact is that Cashner will be on the Orioles for at least the next two years, possibly three. The two years guarantee him $16 million.

So…what does or should the fan base think of this? I’ve heard mixed reviews, although nobody’s out there saying this is the greatest or worst ever signing. I think that the best way to classify it is as just “a signing.”

Cashner posted a 3.40 ERA last year with Texas, which was down from 5.25 the year before with San Diego and Miami combined. He also only gave up 15 homers last year, playing his home games in Texas where the ball flies – similar to at Camden Yards. In fact, some of his career’s lower ERA’s have come with hitter’s park’s being his home field.

Detractors of course would point out that throughout his seven years in the majors, Cashner’s only had one winning season. He was 10-9 in 2013 with San Diego. This is far from a marquee signing, however consider the alternative. Ubaldo Jimenez posted a 6.81 ERA for the Orioles last year, and 5.44 the year before. So if Cashner lives up to last season’s numbers, that should be a good thing for the Orioles.

Financially, $16 million over two years isn’t that much. The contract could pay him up to $41 million with bonuses and if he ends up staying a third year. Many fans will say that the Orioles will be forever betrothed to contracts like these to players as such. However keep in mind that they took a risk with Jimenez – and were burned big time. The same is true with others as well.

So again, this is “a signing.” I don’t see Cashner winning a Cy Young, but I think he’ll at least be solid. Time will tell. As I’ve said before, the upcoming Florida Grapefruit League season is going to be a big one for the Orioles this year.

Baltimore Orioles: Andrew Cashner makes three

Another free agent has fallen, and this time it’s to the Baltimore Orioles. They’ve signed RHP Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million deal. Cashner is now the third starter in camp.

I wouldn’t print your World Series tickets quite yet, however the fact is that Cashner’s another pitcher in camp. His deal also includes a vesting option worth $10 million for 2020 if he reaches 340 innings over the two years. If he reaches 360 years, it becomes a player option.

As time goes on we’ll try to figure out if this is a good move or not. Cashner’s hardly a top line starter, but he’s a warm body in camp. The O’s now have three prospective starters in camp. It appears that at least one slot is going to be filled internally by the Orioles. So…is there another free agent signing out there to be had?

Time will tell on all of that. But for now the news is that Cashner’s coming to Camden Yards – well, first to Sarasota.

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