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Baltimore Orioles deal Mike Wright to Seattle

Prior to last night’s 4-3 victory over Chicago the Baltimore Orioles announced that they had consummated a trade of pitcher Mike Wright to Seattle. Wright of course had been DFA’d on Monday, and had been in limbo ever since. Manager Brandon Hyde had hoped that Wright would have cleared waivers and remained in the organization, but it was not to be.

In return for Wright, the Birds acquired infield prospect Ryne Ogren, who was immediately assigned to single-A Delmarva. In his first year of pro ball last year, the 22-year old Ogren hit .250 with an OPS of .700. He saw time at second, short, and third.

The Orioles got to a point with Wright where they couldn’t sustain him in the rotation. Given that he was out of options, they had no choice but to DFA him. So given those things, they got a good return for him. Wright now becomes a candidate to be a “change of air” type of guy. For his sake, I hope that Orioles fans join me in wishing him well.

Baltimore Orioles: Was Mike Wright the wrong guy?

Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles dawned brightly at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. People wanted to call this the “home opener,” but please folks…it’s fair to call it Opening Day! Pickles and Sliders across the street were open for business at 6 AM, and a festive holiday mood set in across Baltimore.

Luckily for the home team, starter Alex Cobb was ready to go from the beginning. This was Opening Day for Cobb as well, given that he began the season on the Injured List. He was probably on a shorter leash than he otherwise would have been as a result, but he put the O’s in a position to win. That’s all you can ask of a starter. Cobb’s line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K.

Jonathan Villar led the game off in the home half of the first with a solo homer over the scoreboard in right field. That began a flurry in the first inning for the Birds. They ended up loading the bases, and while no bases-clearing knock took place, the O’s did clear the bases.

Trey Mancini scored on a balk by NY starter Paxton, who then proceeded to uncork a wild pitch scoring another run. Okay, maybe they didn’t totally clear the bases. But the Orioles held a 3-0 lead after one. However that was trimmed to 3-1 in the third after Torres’ solo homer. The O’s would run the lead back to three runs on an RBI-single in the last of the fifth by Renato Nunez.

However New York decided to show up in this game, albeit late. Sanchez smacked a solo homer in the sixth. New York proceeded to put two more runners on base, bringing Torres back to the plate. And unfortunately for the Orioles on their Opening Day, Torres decided he was going to have a day. He smacked his second homer of the game, this one of the three-run variety. Tack on a ninth inning three-run homer by Voit, and New York would go onto win by that 8-4 margin.

Cobb was lifted in favor of Mike Wright following the Sanchez homer, a move that was criticized by many fans on Twitter. Keep in mind first off that Cobb came off the Injured List to make this start. Brandon Hyde certainly wanted to be careful with him in that sense. Furthermore many starters are on shortish leashes in their maiden starts in a season.

Could Cobb have gone on in the game? Probably. (Recording an additional two outs would have qualified him for a quality start.) However odds are Hyde pulled him for precautionary reasons.

Now, should Wright have been the guy to come into the game in that situation? I’ll let you debate that amongst yourselves. However it.’a worth keeping in mind that Brandon Hyde is managing in his seventh big league game. Furthermore Wright got a fairly dramatic save in his last outing (the first save of his career). Some days pitchers are on, and some days they aren’t. And it’s Mary impossible to predict when they’re going to be on or off. Especially relievers. Games like these happen – all you can do is hope that the next game yields better results.

Baltimore Orioles record first win of 2019 with the Wright stuff

I’m on record as saying that I’m wary of the new trend in baseball which was embraced today by the Baltimore Orioles, as they used an “opener.” Maybe I’m just not used to it, however it seems to me that as often as managers over-use their bullpen it’s not something that should be done. Nevertheless, it worked this afternoon with Nate Karns. Karns’ line: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K.

Karns managed to load the bases in the first with one down. Keep in mind however what I’ve always said. The position of pitcher yields itself to getting in trouble. The decent ones will get themselves out of trouble as well. And that’s what Karns did, inducing an inning-ending 1-2-3 double-play.

That really set the tone for the game in a sense. Despite being picked to be historically bad, this team never gave up today. Karns didn’t give in, and it got him out of the inning.

However NY would get on the board first, with an RBI-single by LeMahieu. However two innings later the Birds rallied. Dwight Smith Jr. tied the game at one with an RBI-single. That scored Jesus Sucre, who made a very important play earlier in the inning. He tagged up and moved from second to third on a routine pop fly to the outfield. That’s an aggressive risk to take – and it worked.

And then a moment later, the O’s held their first lead of 2019. They executed a double-steal, and the ball ended up in the outfield. A run scored, and the Birds took a 2-1 lead. Throughout spring training we heard about how they were going to be more aggressive on the base paths. And we saw it in today’s game. When you put pressure on the defense, sometimes they’ll commit errors. That happened to NY’s defense today.

Sucre would extend the Orioles’ lead to 3-1 in the seventh with an RBI-single, and would add an RBI-single in the seventh to run the lead to 3-1. He would come up again in the top of the ninth and sacked a two-RBI double, giving the Orioles two insurance runs and a 5-1 lead.

And you always need insurance runs when you play New York. Because come the last of the ninth Tulowitzki smacked a solo homer, followed by NY putting runners at the corners with one down. That prompted manager Brandon Hyde to bring in Mike Wright Jr. from the bullpen, for what would be his first save at any level. However Voit’s softly-hit bloop RBI-single would bring them to within 5-3.

However make no mistake about the fact that Hyde’s decision to go with Wright won the game. Both for the Orioles and Hyde, who recorded his first win as a big league manager this afternoon. Wright attacked the strike zone, and went after NY hitters. He struck out Andujar to win the game with two outs in the last of the ninth, and the Birds had their first win in 2019.

Many pundits joked about this Orioles team going 0-162. Any fool knows that’s nary impossible. However the Orioles showed a lot of grit in winning this game. Yes they allowed NY to make it interesting in the end, but it was a team-earned win and that’s really the main story.

In spring training I mentioned the importance of insurance runs. As I alluded above, you really saw it today. The two main points of this win were the insurance runs and the good base running by the Birds. By virtue of the victory, the Orioles are now at .500 on the year. Yes only two games in, but most people pegged them at 0-2 at this point.

The Orioles will conclude their three-game set at Yankee Stadium tomorrow afternoon. Dylan Bundy starts on the mound 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 blanked in Dunedin

Mike Wright Jr. got the start for the Baltimore Orioles this evening in Dunedin against Toronto. While he only pitched four innings in his penultimate spring outing, he was able to atone for himself fairly well. Wright’s line: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K.

Wright exited after four innings but continued his work in the bullpen. He allowed a solo homer in the second inning to Smoak, and Pillar would ground into a run-scoring double-play in the fourth. As I’ve said many times this spring, solo home runs in theory won’t beat you. The Orioles in 2018 found ways to allow solo homers to defeat them, but also keep in mind that 2019 is a new season.

Toronto would add two more in the fifth on a two-run homer by Drury. The concerning thing there isn’t so much that it happened, but that it happened on a full count. First off the O’s made a living last year allowing hits and homers on two-strike counts. However if you groove a pitch on a full count, big league hitters are going to hit it – and a long way at that.

However it.’a tough to score runs when you only muster four hits. And it’s tough to win when you don’t score runs. And the O’s got blanked by Toronto on this night, 4-0.

The Orioles return home to Ed Smith Stadium tomorrow night as Minnesota comes into Sarasota one more time this spring. The Birds will send Alex Cobb to the mound for his final spring start, and he’ll be opposed by Minnesota’s Jose Berrios. Game time is set for just after 6 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Mike Wright Jr. knocked around in loss to New York

The Baltimore Orioles took on the New York Yankees this afternoon in the final meeting between the two teams before Opening Day. Mike Wright Jr. got the start, but struggled in terms of giving up the long ball. Wright’s line: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 2 K.

Wright got a lot of the strike zone in his outing, possibly too much. He admitted after coming out that the issue was the home runs (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

I’m going to have 3-1 counts. That’s just the bottom line. It’s just how you get out of them, how you approach them. A walk in that situation wouldn’t have been the end of the world.

Wright gave up a two-run homer in the first, and a solo shot in the third. He also surrendered a second solo shot in the fourth, giving New York a 4-0 lead. As Wright said, a walk in theory is better than a homer.

The O’s got on the board in the sixth on an RBI-groundout by Alcides Escobar. Carlos Perez added a solo homer in the eighth, and suddenly the O’s has cut the lead in half. Unfortunately for the O’s, NY pitching shut down Oriole bats for most of the day.

But the good news for the Birds is that they also managed an RBI-single in the eighth following the Perez homer. And that single came off the bat of Chris Davis. Again, that should be the takeaway for today’s game. Davis has started to hit – even if only a little. That could be a good sign for the O’s moving forward.

New York would tack on an RBI-double in the ninth, taking the game 5-3. I suppose that it’s safe to say that the luck of the Irish was with them today. On this St. Patrick’s Day. Again as so said, the next time these two teams meet will be on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. New York also comes to Baltimore incidentally for the Orioles’ home opener.

The O’s head to Lakeland to take on Detroit tomorrow, in the beginning of the home stretch of spring training. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Jordan Zimmerman. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles fall despite finding some Wright things

One of the more unsung stories of camp thus far for the Baltimore Orioles might be Mike Wright Jr. Wright got the start today against Pittsburgh, and turned in another great effort. Wright’s line: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.

Mike Wright’s appeared in four games this spring. He’s yet to give up a run, and has seven strikeouts. Needless to say, he’s been pretty darned impressive. However as he said after the game, he’s unsure of which role (reliever or starter) for which he’s auditioning (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

I’m still in the (mode of) whatever role is what it is. Right now I was on four days’ rest, so the fifth day, that’s exciting. But moving forward I’m going to continue doing the same thing I’ve been doing and try to make the team.

Again needless to say, he’s been doing all the right things. Or the Wright things.

The O’s took the lead in the second inning this afternoon on Alcides Escobar‘s RBI-single. One inning later it was 2-0 on an RBI-single by Rio Ruiz. Toss in Steve Wilkerson‘s fifth inning solo homer, and the O’s led 3-0.

However Pittsburgh would put up two solo homers in the fifth, and and two in the seventh. That gave them a 4-3 lead, once again proving the idea that solo homers won’t beat you. The Orioles has to lead the league in defensive games which ended up being losses, highlighted by the opponent’s solo homers last year.

However in this instance it wasn’t truly the solo homers that beat the Orioles. Because the Birds came back and tied the game in the top of the eighth on Anthony Santander‘s RBI-single. So to their credit, they didn’t allow that flurry of solo home runs to beat them.

The walk off home run in the last of the ninth by Tucker did that. Granted, it was a solo homer. However a walk off’s a walk off. It’s a luxury afforded to the home team.

But that doesn’t take away from Mike Wright and his prowess this spring. No runs and seven strike out’s in four appearances is impressive. That said, we’re not quite halfway through camp. He has to keep it up if he wants that roster spot.

The Orioles will return to home play at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota tomorrow as Boston comes to visit for the first time this spring. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Darwinzon Hernandez. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Mike Wright helped to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

The Baltimore Orioles didn’t defeat the Tampa Rays this evening at Tropicana Field. I mean…they did, but they didn’t. Until they did again. If you’re confused, it was that type of game. And the unsung hero was Mike Wright.

Andrew Cashner turned in yet another quality start for the Orioles, but ended up with a no decision. Cashner’s line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 2 K. Overall, the defense failed Orioles’ pitching this evening. Yet as a team, the Orioles overcame their own shoddy defense.

The O’s led the game off with back-to-back home runs on back-to-back pitches by Tim Beckham and Adam Jones. However Tampa came right back and tied it at two in the last of the first on RBI-singles by Bauer and Wendle. Sandwiched between those was a throwing error, the first of five committed by the Orioles in the game. However the O’s got the lead back in the fourth on a solo homer by Mark Trumbo.

As is par for the course for them, Tampa thought small while the Orioles had eyeballs the size of quarters at the plate. But the Birds left two runners on base in the seventh, only to watch Tampa catch just about every break in the book in the bottom of the inning. Beckham committed an error by slipping on the infield dirt with a runner on and one out – a play that would have had the Orioles out of the inning had the double-play been turned. But you can never assume the double-play; so at worst, it should have been a runner on first with two outs.

Perez’s subsequent sac fly-RBI tied the game back up at three. One inning later, Gomez’s RBI-double (a softly-hit ball, I might add) gave Tampa a 4-3 lead. The speedy Gomez simply got around first base expediently, and was able to slide in safely at second. Needless to say, given the fact that it was late in the game, that felt like a death blow for the Birds in this game…

…that is, until it wasn’t. First off, Tampa had a shot at making that into a big inning. However Mike Wright shut them down to close out the inning, which as I said above made him one of the unsung hero’s of this game. He did give up a run, however Tampa’s runs can be so fluky that you can almost look past that. He got the Orioles out of the inning and kept the game at a one-run margin.

The Birds put two runners in scoring position with nobody down in the top of the ninth. Trey Mancini came to the plate, and proved to be clutch. His two-RBI double gave the Birds a 5-4 lead. The O’s did make it interesting in the top of the ninth. Through errors they allowed the go-ahead run to get on base, but they were able to record the final out and close out a 5-4 win.

Make no mistake that Wright’s effort in the eighth saved the game for the Orioles. Or won it for them – depending on how you look at it. Most game stories are going to talk about Mancini among others – along with Cashner. But make no mistake that Mike Wright’s effort shouldn’t go unnoticed.

The series at Tropicana Field concludes tomorrow night. David Hess gets the start for the Orioles, and Tampa is yet to announce a starter. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles lifted on six run sixth inning over Boston

The Baltimore Orioles didn’t look at first like a team destined to win this afternoon in spring training. Mike Wright struggled in what could have been his final opportunity to wow the coaching staff, and Boston was scoring left and right. Wright’s line: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R (6 earned), 2 BB, 4 K.

The odds of Wright making the roster as a starter weren’t good after the O’s signed Cobb, however he still had/has a shot as a reliever. Now that said, nothing is set in stone as of yet. And in fact, the O’s will need to break camp with a fifth starter penciled in, because Cobb won’t be ready.

Wright surrendered four runs in the second inning to a Boston lineup that seemed ready to play from the opening bell this afternoon. But the O’s got themselves on the board in the last of that second inning on a two-run homer to cut the lead to 4-2. Boston would add a run back in the third, and two more in the fifth. That would end Wright’s day.

However the last of the fifth brought a foreshadowing of the rest of the game. Chance Sisco smacked a two-RBI double that cut the lead to 7-4. Sisco would come up to bat again an inning later, beginning what ended up being the inning that decided the game. His two-RBI double brought the Birds to within 7-6. They would later tie the game on a Santander RBI-single, and take the lead on a fielder’s choice-RBI.

Manny Machado‘s RBI-double and Jonathan Schoop‘s sac fly-RBI would round out the Orioles’ scoring on the afternoon. As lackluster as Wright looked, fans should take promise in the fact that the offense sprang to life in that manner. That’s exactly what the O’s will need to do consistently if they’re going to do anything this season.

Going back to Wright and that fifth rotation spot, they won’t need a fifth starter in theory until the second weekend of the season – Saturday afternoon in New York (due to the off day after Opening Day). That could change depending on the weather, but that’s how it stacks up now. So whomever the “fifth starter” is, might only make one start. It could also end up being a spot start out of the bullpen.

The O’s will remain in Sarasota tomorrow as they take their last turn at the Tampa Rays this spring. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Orioles, and Tampa is yet to announce a starter. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles, Mike Wright open Grapefruit League schedule

The Baltimore Orioles will finally open the Grapefruit League schedule this afternoon with Mike Wright on the mound against Tampa. How long Wright is in the game today remains to be seen – I’m anticipating two innings. I would also expect the regular field players to be in perhaps five or six innings – maybe three turns at the plate or so. So goes MLB spring training.

This afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium the O’s are going to play perhaps the biggest baseball game in the history of western civilization. At least the biggest game for today at least. Let’s be frank; these games themselves don’t really provide players with a “big game” kind of feel, or “big game experience.” But for someone like Mike Wright, who could very well be battling for the fifth starter’s slot, it is a big game. Anytime you step on the field against another team it’s a big game.

It’s also a big game for the likes of Manny Machado and Tim Beckham. As we all know by now, Machado will be the team’s starting shortstop this year, while Beckham will be manning third base. Mark my words that at some point fans will laud Dan Duquette for acquiring Beckham. He fit in well with Baltimore almost immediately, and became a quick fan favorite. He also gets on base and is very quick. That’s exactly what the Orioles need.

However he’s played only five games at the hot corner in his career. So spring training is of supreme importance to him this year so as to get ready for the regular season. And the same goes for Machado, who will need to re-acclimate himself to shortstop. You also have Chris Davis, who’s coming off of a disappointing offensive year. However Davis claims that he’s changed his approach at the plate over the course of off season training, and will be more aggressive this year at the plate – as opposed to looking at called strike threes.

While the pomp and pageantry of spring Opening Day isn’t anything near what the Orioles will see next month at Camden Yards, it’s always exciting to see the games begin. The O’s will join all MLB clubs today in wearing the caps of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball team today during the game. That of course is the school that was attacked senselessly last week in a mass shooting.

So here we go! The Orioles take on the Tampa Rays this afternoon in Grapefruit League game one. The aforementioned Mike Wright will be on the mound for the O’s. He’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Yonny Chirinos. For what it’s worth, Tampa will be in a split squad situation today, with presumably most of their B-team heading to Ed Smith Stadium. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Mike Wright leads the way and the day

Behind a solid effort by starter Mike Wright, the Baltimore Orioles avenged an earlier spring training loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Okay, perhaps that’s a bit overly melodramatic. It might even be overly melodramatic to say that the O’s defeated Philadelphia in front of a sun-splashed crowd on a chamber of commerce day in Sarasota. These games don’t count – remember?!

But the Orioles do have a few things about which to get excited in this game, starting with their starter. Wright’s line: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K. The lone run Wright surrendered was on a Coghlan RBI-single, which scored Alther – who had reached on a HBP. Ironically, Alther didn’t react like he thought the pitch hit him, but the umpire gave him first base. Nevertheless, Wright pitched out of it, indicating that mentally he might be in a better position that he was in the past.

The Orioles evened the game on a Castillo RBI-double in the last of the fourth. It was wind-aided for sure, although not how one might think. The wind turned it into a lazy pop fly to left, and the fielder dove and had the ball pop up and smack him in the fact. it was ruled a double, and the game was tied.

Philadelphia would re-take the lead in the sixth on a Rupp homer, however Janish’s sac fly-RBI in the last of the seventh tied it again (at two). Later in the inning, Schafer’s comebacker was knocked down in the infield, with the bases loaded. That forced in what ended up being the winning run, and the O’s had themselves a 3-2 victory in spring training.

Again folks, the wins and losses aren’t important here. What is important is the fact that Wright looked good. Also noteworthy were the performances of Darren O’Day and Donnie Hart. O’Day struck out two, and Hart one. Neither surrendered a hit, walk, or run. We know O’Day will be on the final roster, however as I’ve written before Showalter really liked using Donnie Hart late in the season last year. He showed a lot of value to the team, and Showalter seemed to trust him coming out of the bullpen in later innings.

The Orioles will look a lot different after today, as the likes of Machado, Jones, Givens, Nuno, and Castillo will depart to play for their respective countries in the WBC. This means opportunity for quite a few younger players, who will replace these guys in games. However it also means that the games after they return become all that more important for team-building.

The Orioles will head to Lakeland tomorrow to take on the Detroit Tigers. Dylan Bundy will get the start for the Orioles, however Detroit has not yet named a starter. game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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