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Baltimore Orioles done in by the third inning

The Baltimore Orioles once again gave a starter a lead in Seattle, this time Gabriel Ynoa. And once again, they couldn’t hold the lead – twice, in this case. Ynoa’s line: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 0 K.

Ynoa nibbles the entire truncated time he was in the game. And as I’ve said before, that’s not conducive to getting borderline calls. It also shows a lack of confidence on his part. Ultimately however when you’ve been trying to nibble and you eventually do perhaps hit the corner, umpires are less inclined to call that pitch a strike. Make no mistake however, that’s on the pitcher – not the umpire.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead before Ynoa even took the field on a solo home run by Trey Mancini. However Ynoa gave up a solo shot in the bottom of that first inning to Crawford, and we were tied at one. The second inning brought an RBI-double by Hanser Alberto. However it also brought Williamson grounding into a double-play which scored a run.

Through two innings Seattle had taken the anything you can do I can do better tactic. And that generally doesn’t bode well for the Orioles. But the good news was that the run-for-a-run routine didn’t last long…

…Seattle our eight runs on the board in the third. The worst part was that many of them cam with the bases loaded. Oriole pitching would either walk players, hit them with pitches, or had base hits that were just perfectly placed enough to net a single. The runs kept coming, and there was nothing that the Orioles could seemingly do about it.

An inning like that effectively ends the game. Especially when it comes so early in the game, it’s fashionable to say hey, if they can do it we can do it. In theory that sounds great. In practice it’s another story.

Surrendering eight runs in an inning generally means the game is over. You can start not holding runners on, with the full knowledge that the unwritten rules of the game prevent the opponent from stealing a base. And I say that in the sense that both teams begin going through the motions. Especially the Orioles, who are flying home this evening.

The Orioles ended up dropping the game 13-3. Big innings as such are happening more and more frequently. Some of that is opponents taking advantage of their opportunities – whereas the Orioles do not. But some of it the result of mental errors by the Orioles. And that’s tough to defend against.

Baltimore Orioles: Trey Mancini hurt as game spiralsthe

Gabriel Ynoa served as an opener this afternoon for the Baltimore Orioles. And with pretty good success at that. Unfortunately for the Birds, Ynoa’s performance was about the highlight of the day. Ynoa’s line: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.

Overshadowing just about everything else on the day for the Orioles, they may have lost Trey Mancini for a period of time. Mancini was hit on the wrist in the first inning, and had to leave the game. The Orioles later announced that he had an elbow contusion, which in essence is a bruise. More on that in a moment.

The Birds were no-hit through five, however in the bottom of that fifth inning Phegley smacked a three-run homer. That broke the tie and gave Oakland a 3-0 lead. The Birds would come right back however and cut that lead to 3-2 in the sixth on an RBI-single by Renato Nunez, and a bases-loaded wall by Rio Ruiz.

The O’s and Oakland would trade runs in the last of the sixth and top of the seventh, with the Orioles’ coming on a sac fly-RBI by Anthony Santander. However the last of the seventh did the Orioles in. And excuse me check-swing double got a runner to second, and he made it to third on a single that came against the shift. Consider that again for just a moment; the O’s, like everyone else, play a shift on certain players. But teams always manage to defeat it. You can’t make this stuff up.

With runners at the corners and nobody out, Oakland hit into what should have been a tailor-made 4-6-3 double-play. However instead of yielding the run and taking the two outs, Hanser Alberto opted to nail the runner at the plate. And it might not have been the worst idea. However the throw wasn’t exactly spit on, and the runner scored from third. And the O’s didn’t record an out on the play.

When the smoke cleared, the Orioles trailed 8-3 (which ended up being the final). It’s tough to fault Alberto for trying to cut down the run at the plate. But the proper way to manage that situation is to yield the run and take the two outs. Yes, you surrender another run. But it clears the bases and leaves you with two outs. It’s lapses like that which are HAUNTING this team right now. If they could manage to button some of that up, they might be closer in some of these games.

The bigger concern however is Trey Mancini. He got his elbow X-Rayed, and it came back negative. So presumably he’s day-to-day. However if they lose him for any significant amount of time, that’s going to become a problem very quickly. All the Orioles can do is hope for the best.

The Birds now head to T-Mobile Park to open a four-game set with Seattle. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s and he’ll be opposed by Seattle’s Wade LeBlanc. Game time is set for just after 10 PM tomorrow night.

Baltimore Orioles: Should Trey Mancini be in the trade block?

The Baltimore Orioles won’t be taking an ice pick to their 25-man roster this year at the trade deadline. That happened last year. However people are starting to talk about what moves (if any) the Orioles might potentially make. According to some people, nobody should be off limits – even the likes of Trey Mancini.

Unequivocally, let me state that I personally believe it would be a huge mistake for the Orioles to trade Mancini. He’s not only going to be the Birds’ lone all-star representative, but he actually deserves the honor. In saying that I mean that he’s going to earn his way onto the roster as opposed to being included to satisfy the Orioles having a representative.

However Mancini’s also become a team leader. And he wasn’t tabbed as being that guy – if anything, Cedric Mullins was. (And he’s been back in the minors for some time.) With Mancini it happened organically. He appeared to kind of tell himself that he was going to be considered the veteran on the roster, and he had to help the younger guys along. Most of whom I might add aren’t that much younger than Mancini himself.

You need someone like that in the clubhouse. Let’s not act like guys with leadership skill are dime a dozen. They aren’t. Losing Mancini wouldn’t only hurt the team in terms of statistics and so forth, but it would probably hurt morale. Again, unequivocally I think it would be a mistake to trade Mancini. He’s someone around whom the Orioles should build.

The reason that some people say that he should be traded is because he would probably bring the Orioles the biggest haul in terms of prospects. Mancini’s under team control until 2023. So he would have to fetch one heck of a return. And I’m talking potentially more than they got last year for Machado.

However I think that when you start trading guys like Mancini (at this stage at least) you’re almost committing yourself to rebuilding in perpetuity. Mancini’s still what one would consider a young player. So again, it behooves the Orioles to build around him. If you start trading your young talent away, You’re kind of extending the process.

So keep Mancini. That would be my advice to GM Mike Elias. Keep him and build the franchise with him as the centerpiece. Because he’s proven on and off the field that he’s worthy of playing that role.

Baltimore Orioles: Resilient Birds hang on to beat Toronto

Baltimore Orioles fans seemed to almost be waiting for the shoe to drop in tonight’s gAme against Toronto. Starter John Means May have given up a first inning home run (to the game’s first hitter), but he ended up putting the O’s in a spot to win the game. And that’s the goal for any starting pitcher. Means’ line: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K.

Means had a semi-tough first inning, giving up a solo homer to Sogard, and ultimately throwing 30 pitches. However that merely affected Means’ ability to pitch deep into the game. The Orioles’ pen was fairly rested after limited use on Sunday, and a day off yesterday.

However the fact is that Means pitched out of it. And instead of hanging his head, he got stronger. As did the rest of the team.

The Birds evened things up in the last of the third on Trey Mancini‘s RBI-double. Later in the inning Chance Sisco‘s bloop RBI-double down the left field line gave the O’s the lead. One inning later they extended the lead to 3-1 on yet another RBI-double, this one by Anthony Santander.

The O’s couldn’t push any further runs across until later, however Toronto did make a push late in the game. Grichuk sent a bloop towards shallow right field with two outs and a runner on first. By virtue of the fact that there were two outs, the runner was able to score and cut the Orioles’ lead to 3-2.

That was a moment in the game when the O’s could have become unglued. But they didn’t. They stood pat and actually got stronger in a sense by extending their lead. Jonathan Villar‘s RBI-double extended the lead to 4-2.

And I think that’s important. Often times it’s been a small thing such as a late run that’s set the Orioles off, and the opponent has been able to come back. Not tonight. The Birds and their ‘pen closed the door, and the Orioles ended up with a win in game one of three against Toronto.

The series continues tomorrow night at Camden Yards. David Hess gets the call for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Edwin Jackson. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Walks, balks, and shifts don’t equal wins

In what’s become a theme this year, the Baltimore Orioles were held to account for every mistake they made this afternoon in the series finale with San Francisco. When you give teams extra outs and/or extra bases, you can expect them to take advantage. Starter Gabriel Ynoa in effect was the victim, although he himself wasn’t immune to mistakes in this game. Ynoa’s line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (2 earned), 2 BB, 4 K.

The game started on a positive note, as Trey Mancini‘s first inning solo homer gave the Birds a 1-0 lead. And that held up for a few innings, as we appeared destined for a Sunday matinee pitcher’s duel. But how quickly things change.

San Francisco tied the game at 1 in the fourth inning on a solo homer by Longoria. Later in the inning Belt drew a walk and was on first. However in a move that rarely happens in the big leagues, Belt took off for second in a steal attempt while Ynoa was still in his stretch. There’s no rule (written or otherwise) against that, however it’s just not something that’s usually seen in the major leagues.

Ynoa seemed confused, and threw to second…committing a balk in the process. Belt, who has the Orioles to thank for getting him out of a slump of sorts, stopped on the base paths and pointed at Ynoa, calling for a balk call. Keep in mind that the definition of a balk is the pitcher trying to deceive the runner. While by the book what Ynoa did was a balk, in reality the runner in that instance tried to and was successful in deceiving the pitcher.

A few moments later Belt scored on Pillar’s RBI-double, giving San Francisco a 2-1 lead. Ynoa then gave up a walk to start the fifth, and a second runner reached on an error. The sad thing about the error was that it was set up to be a tailor-made 4-6-3 double-play. Wilkerson bobbled the ball, and things escalated further.

With both of those runners eventually ending up in scoring position, they would later score on Longoria’s ground rule RBI-double. Crawford would add a solo homer in the sixth, and Sandoval a sac fly-RBI in the seventh. Crawford would also add a second solo homer in the eighth inning, and Panik an RBI-single in the eighth.

Obviously San Francisco added on numerous runs at the end, however had the Birds limited the mistakes earlier perhaps things could have been different. To add insult to injury, the Orioles left the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Would it have mattered had they put a couple across? Probably not. However when you’re held to account for all of your mistakes and you can’t do the same to your opponent, you’re really in trouble.

You also want to ask yourself at times if some of these shifts aren’t becoming a bit much. I get it – part of the game nowadays is analytics, and those analytics suggest that you have a better shot at winning if you position fielder’s in a certain manner. However specific to this game as well as all year, the shifts have failed the Orioles. And I’m not saying in the sense of errors being committed and guys getting on anyways.

Today’s game was a microcosm of the season in the sense that plenty of opposing hitters reached either by flat out hitting against the shift, or by hitting into the shift and having the ball find daylight. Again it happened several times today and it’s happened many times over the course of the season. The Orioles may well be positioning their fielder’s in accordance with how the statistics say hitters will hit. But the hitters are taking that shift and raising the Orioles a base hit in one manner or the other.

The 2019 MLB first year players’ draft of course is tomorrow night – while the Orioles are off. We’ll have full coverage of the Orioles’ pick, which of course will be first overall. You can expect a recap here on Birdland Crush, but you can also follow me on Twitter (@DomenicVadala) for full coverage.

Baltimore Orioles: Crooked numbers in a Caddywampus game

There was a moment where Baltimore Orioles’ fans questioned whether starter Andrew Cashner would even make it out of the first inning. Cashner surrendered five runs to San Francisco in the top of the first, causing many fans (and writers) to assume the game was over. But if you had Cashner overcoming that 5-0 deficit and qualifying for the win, you’d probably be a rich man right now! Cashner’s line: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 BB, 0 K.

I say all the time that pitchers will have bad starts. But when you throw a clunker and you still get the win, you can consider it a bonus. Luckily for Cashner, he got some help from Oriole bats. And early on after surrendering five runs in the first, he needed it.

The Birds immediately put runners on base, and got on the board in the last of the first on an RBI-single by Renato Nunez. Pedro Severino would follow suit with an RBI-single of his own. So at that point at least the O’s had trimmed the lead and fought themselves back into the game. Needless to say, they were sending the message that they weren’t going quietly into the night.

Later in the inning Dwight Smith Jr. came up with the bases loaded. And Smith forced the O’s into the lead with a grand slam. Cashner left the field with a five-run deficit, and returned with the lead.

However he did allow SF to tie it up. Yastrzemski’s solo home run (the same Yaz whom the O’s traded a few weeks ago) ties the game back up at six in the second. However that shouldn’t have been surprising to anyone, as this game had already established itself as caddywampus or off the rails. Both teams had already put up crooked numbers. So why not let the fun continue?!

And continue it did – in the last of the second, for the Birds. Trey Mancini smacked a two-run homer to give the Orioles the lead back at 8-6. And Cashner along with the Orioles’ bullpen kept it right there. Renato Nunez would add a solo shot in the last of the seventh, and the O’s took game one of this inter league series by the score of 9-6.

The Orioles’ bullpen was also strong tonight in relief of Cashner. Incidentally, Cashner threw 109 pitches over five innings. The fact that he got the win is to his credit for toughing it out. It’s also to the credit of manager Brandon Hyde (who will miss tomorrow’s game to attend his step-daughter’s graduation in Chicago) for sticking with Cashner. Whether there are crooked numbers or not, at the end of the day a W’s a W.

The series continues tomorrow at Camden Yards. David Hess gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by San Francisco’s Shaun Anderson. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory

The Baltimore Orioles had New York on the ropes last night. The Birds, behind starter Andrew Cashner, dominated New York’s lineup in all phases of the game last night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. But often, losses are about the plays you fail to make as much as they are about the plays that are made by the opponent. The Orioles failed to hit the cut off man on various occasions last night, allowing NY runners to take extra bases. Those runners would eventually score. Cashner’s line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K.

Trey Mancini smacked an RBI-double, and Pedro Severino an RBI-single in the first inning to give the O’s a 2-0 lead. NY would cut that lead to 2-1 an inning later on a solo homer by Torres, who can’t seem NOT to homer against the Orioles. That was his ninth homer of the inning year, with seven of them having been against the Birds. It’s uncanny.

But the O’s kept the pressure on. Hanser Alberto and Renato Nunez smacked solo homers in the third, extending the lead to 4-1. Alberto and Dwight Smith Jr would also add RBI-singles in the fourth. The game appeared well in hand at 6-1. However New York chipped away. And as I said, the O’s allowed multiple runners to take extra bases. That came back to haunt them.

New York netted two runs in the sixth, cutting the lead to 6-3. However you still felt that the O’s were in command of the game. Especially after Mancini added an additional run on a sac fly-RBI in the bottom of that inning. However as I said, New York chipped away, and took advantage of Oriole mistakes. And I’m not talking errors, but as I am said above – things such as not hitting the cut off man. Torres also smacked his second homer of the game in the eighth, cutting the Orioles’ lead to 7-6.

Pedro Severino allowed a foul pop which appeared catchable to fall in the ninth, keeping an at-bat alive. The ball appeared to sail on Severino; at first it looked like it was going to fall near the screen. But it had a lot of English on it, and it came back towards the field – falling near home plate. However that’a another Oriole mistake that haunted the Orioles, and of which New York took advantage. Hicks tied the game with a sac fly-RBI, and Sanchez followed that up with a three-run homer. New York won the game 10-7.

Games like this are part of the rebuilding process. However it’s pretty incriminating to lose a game in which you were winning 6-1. But again, little things such as letting teams take extra bases and not catching a pop up will just eat you alive. The O’s took advantage of multiple New York mistakes to build that lead also – which is promising. But when you give a team like NY (who’s seemingly getting by right now squarely on confidence) extra opportunities, they’re going to take advantage.

The series continues tonight at Camden Yards. David Hess gets the call for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by NY’s Domingo German. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles dodge a bullet on Trey Mancini

The big news for the Baltimore Orioles yesterday wasn’t the 9-2 loss – although that’s a problem in and of itself. Dan Straily got the start in the game, and lasted only four innings. Straily’s line: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K.

More on that in a moment, however. Seven pitches into the game a pitch ran inside on Trey Mancini, clipping his finger. The home plate umpire didn’t call a HBP, and Mancini ended up getting on board with a bloop single.

When he arrived he got to first base, Mancini called for the trainer. He was in visible pain, and eventually came out of the game. This could have symbolized a big problem for the O’s, as Mancini’s been one of their lone bright spots. Consistently, at least. A DL trip for Mancini would really represent a big problem for the Birds.

Luckily however, X-Rays came back negative after the game. Mancini was diagnosed with a contusion, and is listed as day-to-day. I wouldn’t expect to see Mancini in today’s lineup, but the Orioles really dodged a bullet.

With Minnesota already leading 1-0, Rio Ruiz‘s RBI-single in the fourth inning tied the game at one. One inning later the O’s took the lead on Handed Alberto‘s RBI-single. Was this game to be different against Minnesota?

The answer is no, as the homer parade continued off of Oriole pitchers. Cron smacked a two-run homer in the sixth to give Minnesota the lead back at 3-2. One inning later Kepler added a three-run shot. Ultimately when the smoke cleared, Minnesota had themselves a 9-3 victory over the O’s. This due to multiple home runs. In a game that almost cost the O’s their best player.

The concern with Mancini is how this injury affects his play. Soon enough he’ll be back in the lineup, but does he play at the same level? You’ll recall last season he was playing at a similar clip in the first week of the season, before crashing feet-first into the left field wall trying to catch a foul pop. He was never really the same, that is until spring training this season. Hopefully he’s able to remain at the same level of play for the remainder of the season.

The series concludes this afternoon at Target Field. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson. Game time is set for just after 2 PM.

Baltimore Orioles victimizing themselves by giving up homers

Baltimore Orioles’ fans got their first dose of starting pitcher Dan Straily this evening. And I suspect that many of them came always wondering why the organization signed him. However keep in mind that he was thrust into this starting role this evening due to injuries, and only signed with the O’s last week. Straily’s line: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 0 K.

Straily pitched to contact – and it showed. Oakland hitters didn’t miss much. And much of what they didn’t miss ended up in the seats.

Ponder smacked a solo homer in the second inning, which was followed up by an RBI-double in the third by Chapman. Later in the inning Davis would single Chapman home, giving Oakland a 3-0 lead.

Those were the only two Oakland runs of the game which didn’t come off the long ball. Profar would smack a two-run home run in the fourth, and Chapman another two-run shot in the fifth. The runs seemed to come in two’s, in the form of two-run homers tonight for Oakland.

The Orioles did get a brief respite in a sense come the last of the fifth. The Birds’ first hit of the game came in the form of a Trey Mancini home run – of the solo variety. Later in the inning Rio Ruiz would hit a two-run homer of his own, cutting the Oakland lead to 7-2.

Chapman and Davis would however homer for the second time in the seventh inning. Chapman with a two-run shot, and Davis with a solo shot.

The Orioles cannot continue to give up the number of home runs they’re surrendering. People can talk all they want about how the Orioles aren’t “trying to win” this year and so forth. I don’t believe for one moment that the players and coaches are buying into that mentality. They’re trying to win every time they’re putting their uniforms on.

Which is why something has to be done about the homers. This Oriole offense can get guys on base and get them home. But if they’re already too far behind to have a few runs make a difference, there’s not much we can say or do. If you continually give up the long ball, especially with guys on base, that makes it all the more difficult to function as a team with the goal of winning games.

One bright spot for the Orioles was reliever Mike Wright, who pitched the eighth and ninth innings. He gave up one hit in that period, closing out the game for the O’s. Critics will point out that coming in with the team already trailing by seven certainly isn’t a high-yield situation. However the fact is that the guy looked good, and he probably saved the O’s from having to use an additional reliever in the ninth inning.

The series with Oakland (and the home stand) concludes tomorrow afternoon at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Oakland’s Aaron Brooks. Game time is set for just after 12:30 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Nibbling causes walks which costs you games

The Baltimore Orioles were unable to muster much in the Bronx this afternoon on Opening Day. Andrew Cashner got the start of course, and was ambushed early. And I mean early. Cashner’s line: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 3 K.

New York didn’t take long to get the lead. With two on in the first inning Voit smacked a three-run home run. And that shouldn’t come as a surprise to the Orioles or Orioles fans. Voit tore up the Birds in Spring Training the past two seasons. That’s not to say that the Orioles should be expecting to fail when Voit’s at the plate, but he seems to thrive against Oriole pitching.

If there’s a silver lining it’s that the Orioles seemed to minimize the damage after that…for the most part. New York would load the bases against Cashner in the third, but he induced a ground ball double-play. That surrendered another run, however it also recorded two outs for the O’s. That’s a win for Cashner.

The Birds did at various points look like the offense was going to do something. They cut the lead to 4-1 in the fourth on Rio Ruiz‘s RBI-single. However New York came right back in the last of the fifth and loaded the bases yet again – once again with nobody down. That brought Voit back to the plate, and Cashner promptly hit him with a pitch. A sac fly-RBI later, and New York had extended it’s lead to 6-1.

Trey Mancini sacked an RBI-double in the eighth to cut the lead to 6-2. Mancini had a great game on Opening Day, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. He immediately cemented himself as a “veteran” leader on this team at the beginning of the spring, and that seems to have continued right into the regular season. However Bird’s solo homer in the eighth extended the lead to 7-2, which was the eventual final. It certainly wasn’t the Opening Day that the Orioles wanted, but it left them with a few tough lessons.

And one of those lessons was that pitchers shouldn’t nibble. Both Cashner and Mike Wright (who followed Cashner in the game) seemed to want to nibble on the corners. That’s a textbook symptom of an inexperienced team playing a team with a lot of power. It shows a certain hesitation, and a certain angst. Can it work on occasion? Sure. And on occasion it’s something that pitchers should do.

But nibbling shouldn’t be the way that you think you’re going to get guys out. In effect, you’re relying on the home plate umpire to give you the call. And you never want to rely on someone else when you can take matters into your own hands. Oriole pitching walked eight hitters today, which isn’t conducive to winning games.

Here’s an example; Voit’s first inning home run came on a 3-1 count. The 2-1 pitch was a low slider, which according to replays did in fact catch the bottom of the strike zone. In an ideal world, the next pitch would have come on a 2-2 count and would have then been a pitcher’s pitch. (In fairness, Jesus Sucre probably also could have brought that ball up just a bit, and framed it in the strike zone.)

Instead Cashner ended up with a 3-1 count on the next pitch, and with two runners on base knew that he needed to throw a strike. Voit knew it also, and came up swinging – the ball ended up in the seats. Now ironically that’s a situation in which Cashner in theory nibbled successfully. However again when you decide to nibble intead of pitching, you’re relying on ol’ blue to give you the call. It should have happened in that instance, but it didn’t.

The O’s of course are off tomorrow, which would have been a rain date for Opening Day had there been foul weather in NY today. But they’re back at it Saturday afternoon.

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