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The Baltimore Orioles limp into Detroit tonight in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Over the course of that time, the bullpen has turned into a bit of a disaster zone. Needless to say, yesterday’s off day benefited everyone – and in more than one way.
The Birds are carrying six relievers, which also means that they have an extra bench player. For the sake of conversation, let’s say that extra bench player is Hyun-Soo Kim – who can’t get off the bench. This has been said more than once, and on various outlets; do the O’s really need an extra bench player?
The bullpen had become incredibly over-taxed going into the off day. It still may be to a certain degree for all I know. However what was originally a strength on this team has suddenly turned into a question mark. And as I’ve said, they aren’t at full strength.
Kim’s given value to this Orioles team in the year plus he’s been here. However he is a free agent after the season. So if the Orioles were to DFA him, they’d be on the hook for his salary for this year – and nothing more. Obviously if the O’s could work out a trade for him, that would be ideal.
At the end of the day, I suspect that it will be Kim who goes in some manner – at some point. Possibly today, for all I know. He isn’t serving the Orioles any purpose just wasting away on the bench. Yes, granted he’s someone opposing teams have to think might be used at some point for sure. But the track record this season indicates that he’s barely even a decoy.
And I don’t say this to beat up on Kim per se. In fact, I think the Orioles should have tried to work out a trade for him well before now – and there’s every chance that they’ve been trying to do just that. But what I’m saying is that the Orioles need an extra bullpen slot, and they have an outfielder who nary ever plays taking up a roster spot. It’s simple math in my book.
The Birds find themselves in Detroit for the opener of a three-game set this evening. Wade Miley gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Matthew Boyd. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.
The Baltimore Orioles have been marked by their ability to come back in games thus far in the very young 2017 season. We saw that again yesterday, as Hyun-Soo Kim‘s go-ahead RBI-single in the last of the seventh put the O’s in the lead. So if there’s a name we could put on the Orioles through the first week of the season, it would be The Comeback Kids.
Kevin Gausman wasn’t effective in the early part of the game, and he struggled his was through his time in the game. Gausman’s line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K. I always tell people after early-season outings like this that starting pitchers are going to have 10 great outings, 10 poor, and 10 in-between every year. So if you file this one under poor, the Orioles stole a win yesterday.
Gausman to his credit knew his command was off, and made no bones about it after the game (quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):
Obviously, walking the first guy on four straight. I just couldn’t throw a fastball down and away to save my life. From the first pitch on was trying to figure out my mechanics and what I needed to do with my front side. I think it was more mechanically than anything.
Gausman’s issue was in essence runners on base, and he gave up a two-RBI single in the second inning. When guys get on base anything can happen; throw in the fact that the starter’s command is off, and base hits start to bleed through. However the O’s cut the lead in half two innings later on an RBI-single by Welington Castillo. That would be a motif to follow throughout the day.
Gausman compounded matters in the fifth by balking in a run with a runner on third. In a bizarre sequence, he turned and threw to third base – where NY catcher Romine was situated. The home plate umpire saw this as an act of trying to fool the runner, and called Gausman for a balk – allowing the run to score. It was a strange and almost unnatural play, which I think is part of why the balk was called. However the fact is that Gausman never stepped off the rubber – I’ll leave it at that.
Castro was at the plate at the time, and later in the at-bat he smacked an RBI-single to run the score to 4-1 in favor of New York. The runner who scored was previously at first base, and the balk allowed him to advance into scoring position. So all while being off on his command, Gausman did himself no favors in the mental game either.
But these Orioles are the Comeback Kids…you know, the Fighting Showalters. They don’t go quietly into the night! Manny Machado got the comeback rolling in the last of the fifth with an RBI-double, cutting the New York lead in half. Later in the inning Trumbo grounded into a fielder’s choice-RBI, and suddenly the New York lead was only one at 4-3.
But it was the last of the seventh which really sealed it for the Birds. Trumbo’s RBI-single would tie the game at four, letting Gausman off the hook. That brought Kim to the plate later in the inning after Trumbo moved into scoring position, and his RBI-single gave the Orioles the lead at 5-4.
Combine a huge momentum swing like that with the Orioles’ bullpen, and you have a win. Zach Britton knotched his 52nd consecutive save, and the Birds remained undefeated at 4-0. On that note, the Orioles might want to try to build a sizable lead in today’s game to avoid using Britton, who’s appeared in every game thus far.
The series with New York concludes this afternoon. Wade Miley gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by NY’s C.C. Sabathia. The Birds will have to make a roster move prior to the game in order to call Miley up, however at this point it’s unclear who goes out. Game time is set for just after 1:30 PM.