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Baltimore Orioles: Return on the Dylan Bundy trade

The Baltimore Orioles received four minor league prospects in return for starter Dylan Bundy, who was traded to Anaheim. All four are pitchers: Kyle Bradish, Zach Peek, Kyle Brnovich, and Isaac Mattson (who I mentioned yesterday. All four are right handers.

To the group of fans who are enraged that the Orioles traded Bundy, I would remind you that while Bundy was fairly solid this past season. He also experienced a drop in velocity. Odds are that isn’t coming back. It also speaks as to why he gave up so many home runs on the year.

This isn’t to say that he wasn’t tough for the Orioles to give up. However they did get a decent return on their investment in Bundy, as was addressed by GM Mike Elias after he made the trade:

That said, it’s a bittersweet thing, parting with Dylan. He’s been in this organization since he was drafted in 2011, been nine years with the Orioles. He’s done a lot for the Orioles. He has laid it all on the line at all times for the Orioles and has always taken the ball and this dates well back beyond my short time here, but everything I’ve heard leading into that and his history and the respect that teams around the league have for him. And we’re going to miss him and we have a hole in our rotation to fill.

But as we’ve been doing with every move and every decision we’re making, we are eyeing the long-term benefit of the club and for us to get four pitchers back whom we view as real prospects was too good to pass up.

Quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports

Keep your eye on the prize; that’s what Elias is saying. Trust the process.

Baltimore Orioles: Dylan Bundy Traded to Anaheim

Another piece has fallen; the Baltimore Orioles have traded RHP Dylan Bundy to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The news was just broken within the hour by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Rosenthal also said that one of the pieces that the Orioles will be getting back will be RHP Isaac Mattson, who’s had a cup of coffee in the bigs.

The deal is expected to include more minor leaguers from Anaheim, so stay tuned. There had been rumors that the O’s would pull the trigger on trading Bundy, as he was going to be able to yield them a decent return based on the amount of years he’s under team control. However it still has to be tough to part with a top draft pick such as Bundy. But to Anaheim he goes.

While Bundy had a decent 2019, he also had been victim of the long ball over most of his time in Baltimore. Being more of a pitcher’s park, Anaheim might be a good place for him. However this move also brings another influx of young players into the organization. And while Mattson has primarily been a reliever to this point, it wouldn’t shock me to see them stretch him out and work him into a starter. More as we hear it.

Baltimore Orioles: Dylan Bundy on the trade block?

It’s been reported that the Baltimore Orioles are interested into trading starting pitcher Dylan Bundy. While a deal hasn’t been done as of yet, multiple reports are that one could be “close.” It’s unclear how close or what that means. But “close” is the term being used.

I suppose it matters what the O’s could potentially get in return. While he’s had some injury issues, Bundy’s also an established major league starter. Point here being that if I were the Orioles I would hope to get back more than just a couple of low level prospects.

Obviously you wouldn’t expect to get someone’s top prospect either. But someone who could help the organization right away would be nice. And in fact I would submit that it would be somewhat of a mandate.

The issue then also becomes what do the Orioles do for pitching? I would submit that the O’s would be ill-advised to go into spring training looking to fill more than one starting pitching slot. I think you can get away with having one open slot that someone in theory would have to earn, but more than that makes things tough. More as we hear it.

Baltimore Orioles: Turning to brass versus turning to gold

The Baltimore Orioles suffered yet another beat down at the hands of New York this evening. This time behind all-star pitcher John Means. While Means landed a couple of decent pitches for strikes, overall he was an ineffective as everyone else has been against New York this year. Means’ line: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 K.

Means surrendered a solo homer to LeMahieu on the first pitch of the game. Means, along with most Oriole pitchers it seems in this series, seemed intent on throwing almost exclusively fastballs. And those fastballs were hit a long way by one of the best lineups in baseball.

Now ironically, that was the only homer surrendered in the game by the O’s. So if there’s a silver lining, it’s that they didn’t allow a multi-home run game. And on the flip side, the Orioles themselves got homers from Anthony Santander in the fourth, Stevie Wilkerson in the fifth, and Renato Nunez in the ninth. And that as they say, is it.

Everything that New York has touched this year has turned to utter gold. It’s really amazing and semi-tough to believe. Every player they’ve brought up from their farm system or signed as needed has produced. And some of them have produced big time.

When the likes of Ford, Tauchman, or Maybin at being plugged into the lineup and producing at will in the stead of injured players (who in theory are more talented), to be blunt you know you’re screwed. It just seems that whomever put the pinstripes on this season turned into a superstar.

On the flip side, the Orioles seemingly have the fruits of their labor turn to brass. Alex Cobb‘s our for the season. Mark Trumbo‘s missed the entire year to this point. And even Means, the Orioles’ lone all-star representative, hasn’t lived up to his billing in the second half.

We can go back even further than this. The signing of free agent pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was widely seen as a great move, according to many pundits. I myself thought it was a good move, and would help shore up the pitching staff. Jimenez was a veteran and he knew how to win.

But it turned to brass. Without showing any numbers, everyone remembers that. Jimenez just didn’t pan out as a positive for the O’s. And go back further than that; look at Glenn Davis. It just seems that whatever they touch goes by the wayside. And it’s uncanny.

The series concludes tomorrow at Yankee Stadium. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s J.A. Happ. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles fall to Houston as 1989 team looks on

The Baltimore Orioles were their 1989 throwback jerseys this evening in honor of the 30th anniversary of the 1989 why not Orioles. Houston, the evening’s opponent, followed suit and wore their uniforms from 1989 as well. Dylan Bundy got the start for the Birds, and put the team in a spot to win. Bundy’s line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K.

For a split second, you could pinch yourself and say you were in 1989 with the uniforms being what they were. However if that were true, this game would have been played at the long since razed Memorial Stadium. You would also be reading this game recap in tomorrow morning’s Baltimore Sun as opposed to this evening online. (“Online” didn’t exist back then!) And for the record, I wouldn’t be the one writing it; I was eight years old in 1989!

But with the 1989 team looking on, the Birds went toe-to-toe with Houston, one of the best teams in baseball. Houston put two runs on the board in the first, on Bregman’s RB-double and Albarez’s RBI-single. However Bundy settled in nicely after that, turning in a quality start and putting the O’s in a spot to win the ballgame. That’s all you can ask of a starter.

Jace Peterson would keep the Orioles in it with a two-run homer in the fifth. However Altuve would extend Houston’s lead with an RBI-triple in the seventh. This game ultimately ended up just another case of the Birds battling, but not being to quite making it over the hump.

Houston hitters are notorious for working your pitching to the ninth degree. Which makes it all the more impressive that Bundy turned in a quality start. It was the Orioles’ first quality start in eleven games. The last one occurred in Anaheim.

Stevie Wilkerson would smack a solo homer in the last of the seventh, but that wasn’t enough. Ultimately it was too little too late. But again, Houston is one of the best teams in the league. They’re running away with their division. The fact that the Orioles were competitive in this game after the most recent NY series is a good sign.

The series continues tomorrow night from Camden Yards. Aaron Brooks gets the start for the Birds, and he”‘m be opposed by Houston’s Aaron Sanchez. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles’ bats alive, Dylan Bundy solid in desert win

The Baltimore Orioles got a solid start out of Dylan Bundy last night in Arizona. This was Bundy’s first start since coming off the IL after having tendinitis. However Bundy was solid in his first start back on the roster, and given that it begins and ends with starting pitching, his outing helped propel the Orioles to victory. Bundy’s line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a solo homer by Renato Nunez in the top of the second. Nunez has very quietly had a great year at the plate. That was his 24th home run of the season. He’s been given an opportunity not afforded to many in terms of playing consistently at the big league level. And to his credit, he’s taken full advantage.

The Birds would extend their lead to 3-0 later in that second inning after a two-run homer by Anthony Santander. And he’s another guy who’s really maximizing his potential in the opportunity he’s being given. This is almost a fun part of rebuilding in a way. Because part of the process is that eventually a couple of guys grasp the fact that it’s really up to them whether or not they make it in the majors. Santander and Renato Nunez are really grabbing the bull by the horns and making it nary impossible for the Orioles to not play them. And that’s a good sign.

Arizona would get to within 3-2 in the last of the second after a two-RBI single by Kelly. But that was merely a blip in the radar in a sense. Nunez added an RBI-single in the third which extended the lead to 4-2. That was only one run, but it’s a good sign. The Orioles weren’t phased by Arizona’s two runs. That was a moment when they could have just resigned themselves to the fact that Arizona was fighting back. But instead of folding up, they counterattacked further.

Later in the third inning, Dwight Smith smacked a three-run homer to extend the lead to 7-2. Again, it begins and ends with starting pitching. But a great amount of it is also the bullpen. Bundy went the aforementioned six innings, while the Orioles’ pen pitched three. Between Bundy and the bullpen, Oriole pitching threw seven shutout innings to close out the game. And with a win at that.

The series in Arizona concludes this afternoon at a Chase Field. John Means gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Arizona’s Taylor Clarke. Game time is set for just after 3:30 PM.

Baltimore Orioles open second half vs. Tampa

The Baltimore Orioles will welcome in the Tampa Rays this evening for the first of what’s now a four-game series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Thus, the second half of the season begins. It’s been said across numerous outlets, however the official midpoint of the season occurred a few weeks ago. So needless to say, teams actually have fewer games left to play than they do already played.

Originally this was a three-game set, but the teams had a rainout at Camden Yards back in May. That game was scheduled to be made up as part of a day/night (split) doubleheader, which will occur tomorrow. If you had tickets to the rained out game on May 6th, they will be honored tomorrow at the 1 PM game. You’ll need a separate ticket to get into the previously scheduled 7 PM night cap. Both teams will also get an additional player that they can add to the roster for the second game.

The series begins tonight as I said from Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Yonny Chirinos. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles drop series opener in Seattle

For once, the Baltimore Orioles made someone pay for their mistakes. At the beginning of last night’s game, that is. Starter Dylan Bundy was sharp at the beginning of the game, as the Birds built a lead. Bundy’s line: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K.

Before Bundy even took the field, he had a lead. By way of a Seattle error the Orioles loaded the bases in the first inning. Rio Ruiz‘s two-RBI single Gabe the Birds a 2-0 lead. So again, for once the Orioles were able to hold someone accountable as opposed to letting them off the hook for a mistake made in a game.

One might argue that’s a start. And for sure, it is. However Oriole bats were quiet the rest of the way. You have to be able to add onto your lead. The Birds couldn’t do that. And in turn, they were made to pay for it.

Seattle got a solo homer from Navarez in the last of the second to cut the Orioles’ lead to 2-1. Santana would smack a solo shot of his own in the sixth. And we were tied.

Seattle would get two RBI-singles in that sixth inning to take a 4-2 lead. The Orioles would also walk in a run in the last of the seventh, running it to 5-2. Which ended up being the final.

So again, the Orioles held an opponent accountable for their mistakes. That’s a good thing. Now they need to work on tacking onto their leads. The impression from this game at least is that the Orioles can’t score without the opponent making a mistake. Now we know that isn’t true, however perception can at times be reality.

The series continues this evening at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. The O’s are yet to name a starter, but whomever he is will be opposed by Seattle’s Mike Leake. Game time is set for just after 10 PM.

Baltimore Orioles being killed by the long ball

The Baltimore Orioles called up prospect Luis Ortiz to make a spot start against Boston last night. While Ortiz has never made an appearance in an Orioles’ uniform, he had appeared in two other big league games – with Texas. However while he was able to get some early pitches by for strikes, it didn’t exactly turn out the way the Orioles would have hoped. Ortiz’s line: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 3 K.

The Orioles actually had a lead in this game. Trey Mancini smacked a solo homer in the first inning to give the Birds a 1-0 lead. However that was basically the highlight of the game for the O’s. While Ortiz was lifted when trailing 3-1 and the game not out of hand by any means, it went downhill from there.

The Orioles surrendered six home runs to Boston last night. When the smoke cleared, they trailed 13-1. Keon Broxton would add an RBI-single in the last of the ninth to cut the final to 13-2.

The O’s are surrendering home runs left and right. Now in fairness, Boston’s been hitting the ball out of the park at will the last few games. This was their second consecutive game in which they’ve hit five (or more) home runs. Boston hitters appear to be very zero’d in at the plate right now. And there was nothing that Oriole pitching was doing to calm the tide of homers.

Part of the issue with Oriole pitching right now is that pitchers either can’t stay healthy, or just can’t perform. The can’t perform part is especially tough to accept. That’s been going on for some time, going back to Ubaldo Jimenez. That was a signing that was lauded by most media analysts, myself included. The Orioles got him at a fair price and he was a solid starter.

But at the end of the day, he never measured up. Some would argue he did more harm than good. (I wouldn’t go that far, but some would. You also have to keep in mind that when the Orioles needed someone to step up in a big game, Jimenez usually rose to the occasion.) But obviously for whatever reason pitchers seem to come to Baltimore and suddenly not be able to find the strike zone. Or they get hurt – like Cashner and Cobb.

The issue last night in a sense was the nibbling. Oriole pitching all tried to nibble on the corners, and Boston hitters refuse to relent and swing at pitches out of the strike zone. Consequently, Oriole pitchers nary seemed to get the benefit of the doubt, as all of those borderline pitches were called as strikes.

Then ultimately with runners on base the Orioles were forced to throw strikes. And those strikes were hit. And a long way at that. The majority of those home runs were two-run shots.

The series continues this afternoon at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Chris Sale. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Letting your opponent off the hook makes for losses

There are exceptions to every rule, however playing the Baltimore Orioles can often mean you won’t be held accountable for your mistakes. Even a contender like Houston will err in a game, but this afternoon that was allowed to slide. And it’s been allowed to slide for many Oriole opponents this year. Starter Dylan Bundy put the Birds in a position to win by throwing a quality start, however it was for naught. Bundy’s line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K.

Bundy kept Houston off the board for three innings. So you figure that as can happen it was the second time through the order and onward that they figured out Bundy. And as has been the case for the Orioles often this year, the rally started innocently enough – with a two-out single.

That brought Houston’s Alvarez to the plate, in what was his second big league at-bat (in his first big league game). And true to form in terms of how things have gone for the Orioles this year, Alvarez smacked his first big league hit and homer all in one fatal swoop. That gave Houston a 2-0 lead…which in theory would have been all they would have needed.

Two innings later in the last of the third Reddick poked an RBI-single that extended Houston’s lead to 3-0. But that was also indicative of what has to be frustrating the Orioles this year. Opponents are literally finding ways to score – no questions asked. That Reddick RBI-single was a softly hit bloop – very softly hit. The Oriole outfield happened to be back, which is why that softly-hit ball fell in for a hit.

And here’s the thing folks; you can’t control your hitting to that degree. By that, I mean you can’t really do anything to induce a bloop. You can’t swing lighter or anything along those lines. It has to hit the bat at just the right angle and in just the right manner – in short, it just happens. And it happens a lot to the Orioles.

The big part of this game however was the top of the seventh. The Orioles had the bases loaded with nobody out. Granted Houston had to change pitchers, but they allowed them off the hook. You have to recognize that they aren’t taking pity on teams when that happens. They’re trying to hold teams accountable for their mistakes. But for the most part it just isn’t happening.

And that’s one of the big contrasts between this Orioles team right now and their opponents. Other teams are getting far off of bloop singles, dropped balls, errors, etc. (Some of that the Orioles can control, but not all of it – such as the bloop singles.) One way or the other, teams are holding the Orioles accountable both for their in-game mistakes and for the things which go on in games over which they have no control – but are still to their detriment.

Yet the O’s aren’t doing the same. As I said above, they aren’t letting teams off the hook out of the goodness of their hearts. They’re trying to win games. This is all part of rebuilding, which is a process about which the Orioles have been very up front in that it’s painful to watch. But if they’re going to move on in that process, they’re going to have to learn how to hold teams accountable regularly.

Houston would tack on an insurance run in the eighth before closing the Birds out. The Orioles now head back to Baltimore for a day off tomorrow before welcoming Toronto in on Tuesday night.

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