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Baltimore Orioles lose late lead, fall to NY

Mike Wright Jr. got the starting assignment this evening as the Baltimore Orioles began the second half of the Grapefruit League schedule, in Tampa against the New York Yankees. Wright surrendered a couple of early runs, and ended up leaving the game earlier than expected due to an elevated pitch count. (This due to Wright going deep into a few counts, and a few prolonged at-bats due to fouls.) Wright’s line: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K.

Cedric Mullins got the game started by drawing a walk. He went to second on a sac fly, stole third, and then took home plate on an errant throw. This illustrates what I’ve been saying in that sometimes if you have traffic on the base paths and/or speed, sometimes you end up making things happen. Mullins put the pressure on New York in that instance, and without even recording a hit the Orioles were rewarded with a run.

New York would take a brief lead on Judge’s two-run homer in the last of the first. However again, part of the Orioles’ game plan this year is going to be to get guys on base. Stevie Wilkerson would do just that in the top of the second, by bunting against the shift to third base. I’m not sure why more guys don’t try to do that, but it certainly looks good on a guy like Wilkerson who’s trying to make the team.

That began a big inning for O’s. Eric Young Jr. would tie the game with an RBI-single, and later in the inning the Birds would load the bases. Eric Young Jr. then came to the plate and gave the Orioles a big lead at 5-2 with a bases-clearing double. Again, get guys on base and things can happen. And make no mistake that the Orioles’ brass noticed that it began with a guy hitting against the shift.

Hays would later score on Chris Davis‘ RBI-single, giving the O’s a 6-2 lead. That was only Davis’ second hit of the spring, the other being a home run. New York would close to within 6-4 in the fourth on Gardener’s two-run homer. That came on the heels of an E6 by Martin, which allowed a base runner. As important as it is to get guys on base, it’s equally important to keep the other guys off base. Errors will happen, however to goal is to minimize them.

New York would close to within 6-5 in the fifth on an RBI-single by Bird. However Austin Hays would continue his impressive spring in the seventh with a solo homer, extending the Orioles’ lead back to two runs at 7-5. New York would add a solo homer in the eighth as well as tie the game at seven on a walk with the bases loaded, and they’d take an 8-7 lead on a sac fly-RBI – sending the Orioles home with a loss.

Those three eight inning runs were given up by Mychal Givens, who’s having a bit of a rough spring. Is that something that’s of concern to Brandon Hyde and company? To this point the skipper’s said that he isn’t foreseeing an issue with Givens (a potential closer candidate going into camp). Obviously, Givens has been around and for the most part we know what he can do. However while this is still spring training, his three runs surrendered did cost the O’s the game tonight. That’s the sort of thing that needs to be avoided.

For what it’s worth, next week is the last full week of camp, and thus of the Grapefruit League “season.” Mark Trumbo is expected to make his spring debut in tomorrow’s game. The hope is that gives him enough time and enough at-bats to get ready for the regular season.

The Orioles return to Ed Smith Stadium tomorrow as Toronto comes to Sarasota. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Marcus Stroman. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Is Austin Hays the future in the outfield?

According to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, Austin Hays of the Baltimore Orioles’ system is slated to make a big splash in the big leagues this year. Hays of course had a cup of coffee with the O’s in the big leagues last September, and many people liked what they saw. Hays was ranked second of all prospects to make a splash this year in the American League.

I suppose the question is whether or not Hays makes an impact right away, or if we have to wait. And the fact is that there are a lot of moving parts. It really matters how the Orioles’ roster shakes down, and whether or not there’s an ultimate spot for Hays.

I suspect that the Orioles’ brass would prefer that Hays start the season down in the minors. Even though his big league clock has been started, some additional seasoning is never a bad thing. But assuming you have Jones, Trumbo, and Mancini as starting outfielders, you also have Rickard as a utility outfielder. So the question is whether or not there’s a spot for Hays.

The fact is that he’s on the roster right now. But whether that’s the case on March 29th remains to be seen. (He may well have been stashed on the roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.) I do feel that Austin Hays is “the future” for the Orioles in the outfield. Namely, in center.

So does that mean that if he and Jones are at some point going to co-exist on this roster Jones might have to move to a different position? Yes, that’s exactly what that means. (Assuming Jones re-signs with the Orioles.) I’m not saying that would or should happen now, but potentially down the road. However needless to say, Austin Hays is a guy to keep an eye on. My personal opinion is that he has a promising future with the Orioles.

The Orioles did make some news yesterday in adding some catching depth. They added Andrew Susac via a trade with Milwaukee, for either cash considerations or a PTBNL. Susac is a career .232 hitter who’s thrown 25% of base stealers out over the course of four years (104 games) with San Francisco and Milwaukee.

Baltimore Orioles: Can teams get stale?

The lone bright spot for the Baltimore Orioles yesterday in the Bronx was the fact that Austin Hays launched his first big league homer. There isn’t much else to say. Jeremy Hellickson was ineffective at best, setting the tone for another blowout New York win. Hellickson’s line: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 3 K.

Hellickson in essence made it through the order once unscathed, but after that he wasn’t fooling anyone. With two outs in the third, he walked two batters, bringing Gregorius to the plate. And he launched a three-run homer. New York never looked back for the most part.

The good news for the Orioles (if there is any) is that they made the New York bullpen work in the ninth inning. Often times that bodes well moving into the next day’s game, especially when it’s an early afternoon game like today. However in September that isn’t as much of a truth, as teams’ rosters have expanded to 40 men.

Hays’ homer came following a Hardy walk, and it cut the New York lead to 9-2. Beckham would later score on a balk with the bases loaded, running the final to 9-3. This was the Birds’ third straight loss in the Bronx.

At the beginning of the season I was telling people that the Orioles were a veteran team, and that they would get it together. This as opposed to New York, who was a young team. My point was that a team who’s been there before in terms of a pennant chase is generally going to not be blinded by the bright lights in a sense. I still believe that, for the record – in general.

Obviously what we’ve seen is the exact opposite happening. The Orioles seemed to wear down as time went on, and teams such as New York got stronger. My personal opinion is that I’d take a veteran team over a group of young guys any day. I like players who are battle-tested and who have been there before. But is that not fashionable any longer?

I’m not suggesting that the Orioles aren’t trying to win games, and I’m not suggesting that they were the ones blinded by the bright lights of a pennant race. But sometimes teams wear down. And the fact that Trey Mancini‘s had such a good season AND the fact that younger players such as Austin Hays performed well in last night’s game (at the end) is probably evidence of that. Mancini’s the one Orioles regular who doesn’t seem to have worn down.

Meanwhile, you have a group of young upstarts in places such as New York who have been together all year. And they’re galvanized at this point in the season. It happens.

The O’s will try to salvage one game in this series this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Ubaldo Jimenez gets the start, and he’ll be opposed by Sonny Gray. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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