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Baltimore Orioles: Jonathan Schoop to Minnesota

It appears that former Baltimore Orioles’ second Jonathan Schoop has found a new home. It was reported yesterday that he signed (or is about to agree to and sign) a one-year contract with the Minnesota Twins. The contract is reportedly worth $7.5 million.

Schoop is seen as a stop gap at second base for Minnesota, although I’m sure that if he found his stride once again they’d consider retaining him. Schoop’s production at the plate of course fell way off after he was traded to Milwaukee last year. While he was only hitting .244 at the time with the Orioles, his final average with Milwaukee ended up at .202.

Many folks wanted a reunion in Baltimore for Schoop after he was non-tendered. Now it’s obvious that’s only going to happen with him as an opposing player. When he was non-tendered I wrote that the Orioles should consider re-signing him only if they’d be able to trade him at the deadline. 

Either they didn’t want to the run the risk, or they didn’t think he’d be tradeable at that time. Nevertheless, he’s going to Minnesota. But you have to applaud the new Front Office, as the emotional move in a sense would have been to go after Schoop. But they excercised some self-control in not doing so, which is a good sign.

Baltimore Orioles: What to make of Jonathan Schoop

Jonathan Schoop is only one of many former Baltimore Orioles appearing in the 2018 MLB playoffs. Schoop’s Milwaukee Brewers lead the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 in the NLCS. However Schoop himself has been absent in the lineup of late, as he’s struggled mightily since leaving Baltimore.

In many cases it works in reverse; a player looks average at best with the O’s, and their career takes off when they go elsewhere. And often times that transition is immediate. Schoop finished the 2018 regular season hitting only .202 in a Brewers’ uniform.

Many naysayers over the years have tried to market things as the Orioles screwing the pooch in developing players and so forth. Then they go somewhere else and other coaches in another organization with another system straighten them out. But if you’re going to argue that point, you’d have no choice but to argue the opposite in this case. Or at least argue that the Orioles were obviously doing something right with Schoop.

My personal opinion is that this is in essence the inverse of a guy needing a change of air. The Orioles aren’t unique in that sometimes guys flourish when they go elsewhere. It happens across sports all the time. Sometimes just being in a different set-up can achieve better results. Sometimes it allows the player to be somewhat more relaxed, and it just falls into place.

But Schoop was a guy who seemed to like playing in Baltimore. And his departure came as somewhat of a surprise, given that the Orioles seemed intent on trading everyone. So is it possible that the exact opposite results of a change of air occurred with him?

That’s my theory. The more sinister version of that is that the O’s got rid of him just in time. I don’t believe that, for what it’s worth. I don’t think that someone as young as Schoop is going to just fall off a cliff and suddenly not be right. But either way, he didn’t have a good second half with his new team. For his sake and theirs, my hope is that he can get it together in whatever appearances he makes moving forward.

Baltimore Orioles: Consider the farm sold

If you thought the Baltimore Orioles weren’t going to do anything at the trade deadline, you were wrong. Starter Kevin Gausman and reliever Darren O’Day were traded to the Atlanta Braves in a deal that broke at approximately 3:15 PM. Just about 40 minutes later (just prior to the 4 PM deadline), second baseman Jonathan Schoop was dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Let’s go trade by trade in terms of the return. For Gausman and O’Day, the Birds got RHP Evan Phillips, INF Jean Carlos Encarnacion, C Brett Cumberland, and LHP Bruce Zimmerman. They also received international signing bonus slots.

In return for Schoop, the O’s got RHP Luis Ortiz, INF Jean Carmona, and INF Jonathan Villar – the latter of which was previously on the DL and about to come off. Villar of course has been at the big league level with Milwaukee, and Houston before that. He’s under team control until 2021.

Regarding whether or not this was good return, that will have to remain to be seen. The Orioles didn’t get any top prospects per se in these trades. However they did get a big league infielder. Villar’s spent time both at short and second base. I suspect he’ll slide into the starting lineup as the second baseman in lieu of Schoop.

They also got international bonus slot money, which can’t be shoved under the rug. Ultimately, the Orioles saved about $30-$35 million in salary money between the rest of this year and next year. That’s a lot in savings. Now they have to hope that some of the prospects that have been acquired in the past couple of weeks hurry up and get to the big leagues. And that they’re good at their trades. Because that’s the true judgement of any trade – if it works out or not.

Baltimore Orioles fans get the game they’ve waited for

It would be a tough sell to suggest that Jonathan Schoop and the Baltimore Orioles exorcised all of their demons last night. But needless to say, they wowed their fans for the first time this season. Andrew Cashner picked up his first win at Camden Yards, and it was a rout. Cashner’s line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K.

Following an 80 minute rain delay, there was a sign early in the game that this would be the Orioles’ night. It was subtle, but it was there. Adam Jones came to the plate with a runner on third and one out – Tampa already led 1-0. Conventional wisdom says that in a situation like that you play the infield back and sacrifice the run for an out – because it’s early in the game.

The Orioles of course are nothing if not conventional. And conventional wisdom has gone belly-up on them this year. Instead Tampa’s one of these teams that thinks they can reinvent the wheel. They do nary anything in a conventional manner. So Tampa played the infield in (to cut the run off at home plate) – whereas “the book” says not to do so. Not only that, but Jones got a first pitch fastball, which he smacked into center field for an RBI-single (hitting it right by where an infielder would have been had Tampa gone by ‘the book.” If you’re going to play the infield in, the idea is you want to induce a ground ball to cut down the run. Tampa out-thought itself there.

The Orioles took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on Danny Valencia‘s two-RBI single. And in a way, they were off to the races. Schoop smacked his fifth home run in as many games (tying a franchise record) in the fifth. Tampa would inch closer by putting runs across in the sixth and seventh, this before the Orioles put up a crooked number and then some in the last of the seventh.

The Orioles got an RBI-single from Schoop, a three-run homer from Jones, a bases-clearing double from Joey Rickard, and another RBI-single from Schoop. The Orioles batted around in the inning, and they led 12-3 when the smoke cleared. Keep in mind that Tampa had started to chip away in the sixth and seventh innings. But that last of the seventh shut the door and ended the competitive portion of the game.

And when the smoked cleared for the entire game, the Birds had themselves a 15-5 victory. Thus far in 2018 we’ve seen the Orioles on the other side of games like this. Not last night. For once it felt like old times at Camden Yards, as the Orioles bludgeoned a small ball team.

Ironically the final score indicates that perhaps Tampa played their infield in back in the first inning on the Jones RBI-single with good reason. Obviously they had no way of knowing that then, but that sticks in my mind as an interesting decision on the part of Tampa. Mainly because it makes no sense, although that wiry type of thinking has worked for them most of the time this year. It didn’t on Friday night.

The series continues this evening at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Ryne Stanek. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Trusting the process can be difficult at times

Part of the rebuilding process for the Baltimore Orioles is trying out new players and seeing what they have in the organization. That can at times be a painful process given that mistakes are going to happen on the field. And moving forward, many of those mistakes will cost the Orioles games.

The O’s got yet another decent outing from Alex Cobb, who at times has to wonder just what he has to do to get a win. Cobb’s line: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R (3 earned), 1 BB, 2 K. And this came in a game where the Orioles’ offense did score, just not in bunches.

Tampa took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on two RBI-singles. At first it looked once again like your typical death by a thousand paper cuts type of game with Tampa. They get people on base, and they trickle in one-by-one. But they get them in, making things tough for you.

However even at rapidly reduced power, the Orioles’ offense will always be one that lives and dies by the long ball. One inning later the game was tied thanks to a Jonathan Schoop two-run homer. It was only a two-run shot, but it tied the game. And imagine that – a homer with at least one other person on base!

The Orioles caught a major break, which was odd for them, in the seventh inning. Choi hit what was ruled a double to lead off the inning. However the play was challenged by Tampa – and eventually upheld. It appeared to me that the ball deflected off of some fans in the first row in left field before coming back into play. The umpires saw it differently and upheld the call.

But Tampa wasn’t about to let the Orioles get a break and in effect keep it. Hechavarria smacked an RBI-single later in the inning. That scored Choi, and gave Tampa a 3-2 lead. The Orioles have seen numerous bad calls this year, and in effect have let them fester. Tampa just brushed it off and found another way to score.

Later in that seventh inning Tampa would net another run on a throwing error up the first base line by pitcher Jhan Marinez. That netted a fourth run for Tampa, which in effect was the deciding run. Chris Davis would smack a solo homer in the eighth, but that was as close as the Orioles got.

So the Marinez error could be looked at as the deciding factor. However keep in mind that games are always the sum of all parts. You never blame one guy, especially when that guy’s in effect auditioning for a job in the future. But again, this is where Orioles fans will have to trust the process. Games such as these where a mistake stands out are going to happen. In fact, they’re going to happen much more frequently moving forward. But in sum, that’s really just part of the deal. Trust the process.

The series continues this evening at Camden Yards. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Chris Archer. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Jonathan Schoop stays hot, Birds hold on by a thread

The Baltimore Orioles endured perhaps just about everything they possibly could have to defeat Boston this evening at Camden Yards. The game was a bit more exciting in the end than the Orioles would have liked, but nevertheless it goes as the Birds’ first win of the second half. And it was the ever-hot Jonathan Schoop who spiked the Orioles’ offense.

The O’s were put in a spot to win the game by starter Yefry Ramirez, who took home his first big league win. Ramirez’s line: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Ramirez had an inauspicious beginning to the game, giving up a solo homer in the first inning to Martinez, however he quickly settled in. And the Orioles proceeded to take the lead themselves in the last of the third on Jonathan Schoop’s two-run homer.

Boston was able to take the lead in the fifth on back-to-back homers by Swihart and Betts. And just prior to the sixth inning, the umpires called for the tarp and we had a 29-minute rain delay. The remainder of the game (once it resumed) was played in a steady drizzle at best, and a steady rain at worst. Quite frankly I’m shocked that the game went the complete nine innings.

But when the game went to rain delay, the Orioles did have the lead – by virtue of Tim Beckham‘s two-run homer in the last of the fifth. Beckham would also add a sac fly-RBI in the sixth, followed by an RBI-single by Schoop. That brought Adam Jones to the plate, who’s RBI-single gave the Orioles a 7-3 lead.

However Boston made a run, and ultimately was almost allowed to come all the way back. Martinez’s two-run homer in the eighth cut it to 7-5. But as the game went to the ninth inning the skies appeared to open up. And the umpiring crew seemed intent on starting and finishing the ninth inning and thus the game. So on we played.

Boston got a runner aboard on an infield single, after which Beckham’s botched flip to first base allowed the runner to get to second. That runner would later score on Devers’ RBI-single. The Orioles at one point had the go-ahead run on base, however Betts grounded into a game-ending double-play, making 7-6 winners out of the Orioles.

The entire game of course was played with all kinds of trade rumors being out there regarding closer Zach Britton (as covered here – earlier this evening on Birdland Crush). Britton at first didn’t come back out to the bullpen after the rain delay. That fueled speculation, however he later re-joined his teammates in the ‘pen. The trade appears all but done, but probably won’t become official until tomorrow.

The series concludes tomorrow evening at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s David Price. Game time is set for just prior to 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Plunk heard ’round the world leads to Jonathan Schoop’s walk off

For one game at least, the Baltimore Orioles seemed to be the Baltimore Orioles again. The Birds showed a lot of grit in tonight’s game against New York, and it’s games like these which is what we’ve come to expect from this core group of players. Andrew Cashner‘s numbers look worse than he actually pitched, but he put the team in a spot to win. Cashner’s line: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 7 K.

The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the last of the fourth when Joey Rickard sent a tight grounder inside of third, which scored two runs. But new York came back an inning later on a three-run homer by Bird, giving them a lead at 3-2. However as I alluded above, what we saw was the Orioles never allowing their heartbeat to be silenced. Manny Machado sent a deep shot to left on the first pitch of the last of the fifth, immediately tying the game back up at three.

However New York would take a two-run lead in the seventh on a sac fly-RBI by Bird, and an RBI-single by Walker. This game had valiant effort written all over it for the Orioles. However the team wasn’t going to stand for that – not on this night. With Jones already on base in the last of that seventh inning, Machado came back up to bat. And he sent a shot deep into the Baltimore night towards right center…

…it appeared to kareem off the grandstand and remained in play. However the O’s asked for a review, and the call was reversed into a two-run homer. And we found ourselves tied one again, this time at five. New York threatened in the top of the ninth, however the Birds picked up a key out when Caleb Joseph threw out a runner trying to steal second. The call on the field was out, and in my view the runner was out. But there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove that the call was wrong, and it was upheld.

And Caleb Joseph led off the last of the ninth – and was able to get on base by getting hit. Call it the plunk heard ’round the world if you will A Jones double and an intentional walk to Machado later, and the Orioles had the bases loaded. And Jonathan Schoop was striding to the plate.

And Schoop didn’t disappoint. He sent a screaming grounder into right field for a base hit, scoring Joseph from third. And winning the game for the Birds at 6-5. It was the Orioles’ first walk off win since Opening Day.

For perhaps the first time in 2018, we saw the Fighting Showalters that we’ve come to know over time. It seems that so often this year things such as the Bird homer or Walker sac fly would befall the Orioles, and things would snowball from there. Not this time. The O’s stuck in there and fought back. And having the last at-bat helps also!

The Orioles will complete the series with New York tomorrow at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Sonny Gray. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: You absolutely have to take what’s yours

The Baltimore Orioles are the guy who leaves his wallet in his car and runs in to pick up his dry cleaning – only to be shocked when he returns and finds out someone stole his wallet. They’re the guy who drives a BMW convertible off the showroom flood, goes into a seedy neighborhood to the liquor store, and can’t believe his eyes when his car’s been vandalized. The Baltimore Orioles are the team that says aw shucks when it comes to accepting what’s rightfully theirs, and allows someone else to come in and take it.

And once someone takes what’s yours, it’s no longer yours – it’s theirs. There was a ballgame to be won this afternoon, but the O’s couldn’t muster the one big hit or one big base runner to have the bravado to tie or win it. Granted they didn’t get the quality outing from Alex Cobb that they hoped to get, but he was good enough to win. Cobb’s line: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 6 K.

Cobb literally allowed a base runner on the first pitch of the game – a double. And go figure, the shot off the bat of Dietrich split the outfielders. Talk about “hitting them where they ain’t.” He would later score on an RBI-single by Realmuto. The next inning saw more of the same – a double, and then a run scored, this time on an RBI-groundout. The Birds were once again being bled to death, that is until Realmuto smacked a two-run homer off of Cobb in the third giving Miami a 4-0 lead.

However if there’s a silver lining on this loss, it’s that Oriole bats did come alive a bit. And the Birds battled back in the game, which is good to see. They still allowed a gutted Miami team to walk in and have their way with whatever they wanted, but they did battle back. Manny Machado‘s two-RBI single in the last of the third cut the Miami lead in hald at 4-2. However Realmuto put the Birds further behind once again with a solo homer in the sixth.

The Orioles kept battling, however. Jonathan Schoop cut it to 5-3 with a solo homer in the last of the sixth, and Danny Valencia‘s RBI-single in the seventh cut it to 5-4. The O’s had a shot to win, and were very much in this game. But when you leave eight on base, you have to look at it from the perspective that if even one of those runners had scored the game would have been tied (all things being equal, which is always a tough sell).

Corban Joseph walked to lead off the last of the ninth, bringing the winning run to the plate in the form of Adam Jones. And Jones grounded into a double-play, followed by a Machado fly out to end the inning and the game. And that’s what I’m talking about in terms of allowing others to take what’s there. They had the pitcher in a bit of a bind, with the winning run at the plate. This isn’t to say that Jones and others aren’t trying – because that’s not the case. But the team as a whole is basically taking a rain check on success.

The series concludes tomorrow at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Miami’s Trevor Richards. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Jonathan Schoop to return tonight

The Baltimore Orioles begin a nine-game home stand this evening against Kansas City. And with the home winds comes a welcome re-addition to the club: second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Schoop is expected to come off the DL for this evening’s game, requiring a roster move. If I were a betting man I’d go with Engelb Vielma being optioned back to the minors.

There can be no question that the Orioles have missed Schoop across the board. The infield defense suffered big time in his absence. And his bat has been missed as well in the lineup, and the hope is that it’s presence now helps to streamline the offense just a bit. The Birds aren’t as far away as people want to believe. A base knock here or a homer there – and some of these games might look a little different. The hope is that Schoop provides that type of spark.

It’s still unclear as to whether there will be any personnel changes in the organization before tonight’s game. I was under the impression that if they were going to do anything it would have happened yesterday. But obviously nothing happened. But if anything happens today, stay tuned to my twitter feed, @DomenicVadala, as well as to Birdland Crush for updates.

The series with Kansas City opens this evening at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy will try to get back on track for the O’s in the starting rotation, and he’ll be opposed by Kansas City’s Danny Duffy. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Jonathan Schoop breaks out in victory

Jonathan Schoop may have gotten his bat going in this evening’s Baltimore Orioles win over Toronto. We won’t know if Schoop’s 2-for-4 game is the beginning of a trend or just an exception until a few games down the line, but Schoop was good this evening. As was starter Kevin Gausman, who won his first game of the year this evening. Gausman’s line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 7 K.

Gausman started in an inauspicious manner, giving up a solo homer to Pillar in the first inning. And that lead held up for Toronto – until the fourth. Schoop’s RBI-double tied the game at one, which was followed by an RBI-single by Chris Davis – who also broke out a bit this evening. Beckham would add a sac fly-RBI later in the inning, and the Birds took a 3-1 lead onward.

Toronto would battle back a bit in the fifth with an RBI-single by Solarte. But the likes of Schoop, Davis, and Gausman weren’t about to let the Birds fall in this one. Schoop smacked an RBI-single in the bottom of that fifth inning, giving the Birds a 4-2 lead. Diaz would smack a homer in the sixth for Toronto, and the O’s would close the scoring with a Sisco RBI-single.

At the end of the day, it goes as a 5-3 lead for the Birds. For the record, this goes as a quality start for Gausman, who started slow this season. But his start last weekend in Yankee Stadium was a bit better, and this one was stellar. As I’ve said before, pitchers are going to have poor starts. But they’re also going to have good ones like this. Gausman picked up his offense tonight in a sense, although the offense came through as well.

Davis and Schoop have been the subject of several taunts from fans and so forth, as they’ve been slow out of the gate. But they both came through tonight. If the Orioles can get those two guys going for good, they’ll really be in good shape.

One concern coming out of this game was that Trey Mancini got nicked on the hand with a ball. His hand immediately started swelling, although he stayed in the game until the top of the ninth. X-rays were negative after the game, however tomorrow’s off day comes at a good time for Mancini. Based on production thus far, he isn’t a guy that the O’s can afford to lose.

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