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The Baltimore Orioles have picked up their $3.5 million club option on SS Jose Iglesias. This ensures that Iglesias will be on the roster in 2021 – at least to start. He might be traded during the season, of course.
Iglesias of course missed some time with injuries this year, but he hit .373 on the season. The Birds faced a $500,000.00 buyout if they didn’t pick up the option. So it made good business sense.
I think that Iglesias’ continued presence could make some difference. He obviously has a steady glove, and as a veteran he can make a difference in the clubhouse. The O’s are getting even younger with more guys coming up from the minors, and that’s important. His steady hand and his savvy in terms of knowing what to do as a major leaguer could make a world of difference.
Asher Wojchiekowski got the start for the Baltimore Orioles against Washington tonight at Camden Yards. While his real potency only lasted five innings, he did his job in putting the O’s in a position to win the game. Wojciechowski’s line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
Pedro Severino stayed hot from the get go, smacking a two-RBI double in the last of the first. And that was big for the O’s. After losing 15-3 last night, they needed to come out early and establish that it was an anomaly. That’s how you prevent losing streaks; you forget about a game like that by winning the next day.
Andrew Velazquez would add an RBI-triple, and Hanser Alberto a sac fly-RBI in the last of the second. The O’s led 4-0. However Washington would cut that lead in half at 4-2 in the fourth when Soto smacked a two-run homer. However Rio Ruiz‘s solo homer in the bottom of the inning to extend it back to 5-2.
Washington chawed Wojchiekowski following Turner’s two-run homer in the top of the sixth. But the Orioles’ bullpen shut them down from there. And the O’s even managed to put across an insurance run. Jose Iglesias‘ RBI-single in the last of the eighth ran the score to 7-3. It was Iglesias’ third hit of the game.
As I said, it was important that the O’s win tonight so as to get back on the horse after last night’s loss. You want to instantly forget games like that, and this is the best way to do it. Basically you can’t start a losing streak if you don’t lose two straight.
The O’s have also won the season series with Washington with this win. They can go for a series victory for the weekend tomorrow. But they’ve won the season series with Washington regardless.
Former Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter used to say that eventually someone was going to pay for the types of offensive struggles the Birds has this week. And we saw that phenomenon tonight; it was the Washington Nationals. Starter Tommy Milone was dominant against the organization which drafted him, and Oriole bats were hot from the beginning. Milone’s line: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.
Jose Iglesias‘ RBI-double in the first inning got the party started. The Birds opened the game with back-to-back doubles. One inning later Austin Hays smacked an RBI-single, and Hanser Alberto tacked on a run on a fielder’s choice. That easily could have been the end of the game. When your pitching limits the opposition to zero runs, you don’t need many to beat them. But…the runs just kept coming.
Iglesias, who ended up with four hits in the game, would add an RBI-single in the fourth. But it was Renato Nunez‘s three-run homer in the sixth which broke the game wide open. That have the O’s a 7-0 lead, an led signaled that the Birds has no intention of looking back.
Pedro Severino and Anthony Santander also got involved in that sixth inning in terms of putting runs on the board. And they came in buckets. When the smoke cleared, the O’s had themselves an 11-0 victory over the defending World Champions.
I always say that in a game that gets out of control like this one, it’s never indicative of either teams’ true capabilities. Games like this happen, and the O’s have been on the other end of their share of them also. So from the Orioles’ perspective you gladly take the win, move onto tomorrow, and take it with a grain of salt.
But again as Buck Showalter used to say, someone’s eventually going to pay for the type of slump in which the Birds found themselves this week. Washington ended up being that lucky team tonight. We saw the O’s break out of the slump partially last night. So that in a way acted as a harbinger for what we saw in D.C. this evening. Now…if another body in that city could get their act together in the same manner, we’d be in business. (Looking at you, Congress!)
The Baltimore Orioles may have solidified their 2020 shortstop situation. The team appears to have signed veteran shortstop Jose Iglesias yesterday to a one-year contract. Iglesias will make $3 million this season. There’s also a $3 million club option for 2021. The Orioles have yet to confirm the deal.
Iglesias is a good defensive shortstop, who should add some stability to a middle infield that had it’s issues last year. He’s a career .273 hitter, and has a career OPS of .687. I’ll be interested to see what this means for Ritchie Martin, last year’s Rule 5 pick. I suspect he starts the season in Norfolk.
One would assume that Iglesias will jump to the top of the depth chart, and be the Opening Day starting shortstop. Iglesias should be a very viable replacement for Jonathan Villar, who the O’s traded to Miami earlier this off season. The difference is that it’s a lower years’ commitment, which makes the roster easier for the Orioles to manage moving forward.