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Baltimore Orioles: GAMEDAY in Sarasota

This afternoon the Baltimore Orioles are going to play the biggest baseball game in the history of western civilization. Well, for this year anyways. Note the sarcasm, folks. However no matter how you spin it, this is a day that’s been earmarked in Birdland for some time.

The first spring game is about as meaningless as the final one, but starting today we’re going to start to see what kind of Orioles’ team we’re going to have in 2019. We’re also going to see what kind of manager Brandon Hyde is going to be in games. For what it’s worth, most of Minnesota’s regulars will be staying back in Ft. Myers today, as it’s a split squad day for them. They’ll be taking on Tampa this evening at home – not that too many regulars would have made the trip to Sarasota anyways.)

There are a lot of moving parts, however while the results don’t matter, how the games unfold do. That’ll go a long way towards telling us who’ll be on the roster come Opening Day. And as I’ve said before, when players put on a uniform, they play to win.

Fans can follow me on twitter, @domenicvadala, for in-game updates of today’s game, as well as for every spring game. That of course extends into the regular season also – basically from today until October I’ve got you squared! And of course following every game you can hop on here to Birdland Crush for game recaps and analysis.

So again, Grapefruit League Play begins this afternoon when the Minnesota Twins visit Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Yefry Ramirez gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Minnesota’s Chase De Jong. Game time is set for just after 1 PM this afternoon.

Baltimore Orioles to start Yefry Ramírez in Grapefruit opener

Baltimore Orioles’ manager Brandon Hyde has named a starter for Saturday’s Florida Grapefruit League opener. The starting assignment goes to Yefry Ramírez, a name that shouldn’t be unfamiliar to Orioles’ fans. While he didn’t have much success (pitching to a 5.92 ERA), Ramirez did see action in 2018.

This does not mean that Ramírez is being green lighted to start on Opening Day. You really can’t read too much into these spring starts. All it really means is that Hyde and his staff want to get a look at Ramírez in game action in Saturday’s game. Odds are he’s only slated to pitch two innings – three at most.

Hyde hasn’t committed to a starter past Saturday. The Orioles are home in Sarasota both days this weekend. Saturday of course is against Minnesota at 1 PM. On Sunday they’ll host the Toronto Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium at 1 PM. For what it’s worth, tickets remain for both games. Or you could just follow along with my twitter feed, @DomenicVadala, for in-game updates! You can also check back here at Birdland Crush following all spring and regular season games for game recaps and analysis.

The Orioles also announced this week that Boog’s Barbecue will be coming to Ed Smith Stadium during spring training home games this year. The famed Camden Yards BBQ stand will be open in the left field pavilion area, and during all home spring games. In theory this is Boogs’ third location – the first outside of Maryland. The original of course is at Camden Yards, but there’s also a Boog’s stand on the boardwalk in Ocean City. And now Sarasota.

Baltimore Orioles: Yefry Ramirez shines in close loss

Admitedly, Yefry Ramirez deserved a better fate last night than to be pulled short of six innings. Ramirez pitched about as solidly as he could have last night, doing more than just putting the O’s in a spot to win the game. Ramirez’s line: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K.

Ramirez mowed Chicago hitters down all night. And again, he deserved a better fate. But as can generally be the case with these Orioles, it was another rally started with two outs which did Ramirez in. A two-out double in the sixth put a runner in scoring position. Sanchez proceeded to smack an RBI-double…

…well, that might be a bit of a stretch. Another thing that’s plagued the O’s for a long time (in the Buck Showalter era) is teams seemingly doing less and getting more. Sanchez sent a soft pop up cutting towards the left field line. It fell fair, and ended up being a double. The Orioles try to hit the cover off the ball, but are seemingly defeated by teams who try to hit it softer. Garcia would smack a solo homer in the ninth to cap off Chicago’s 2-0 win.

However the story of the game from my perspective was still Yefry Ramirez. The Orioles are going back to being unable to put it all together on the same night. Friday night they put up six runs. Last night if they had put up just half of that they would have gotten the win. (All things being equal, which I recognize is always a stretch.)

After the game Buck Showalter spoke glowingly about Ramirez (all quotes courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):

Really good, really good. That’s probably his best outing of the year. A good night to pitch on, crisp. I thought [his] best fastball, best slider. His slider’s come a long way. Changeup, threw about 10 or 15 of those. Good times to the plate with runners on base. Just another night where he deserved a better fate as far as W and L. He was outstanding. That was fun to watch. He was fun to catch. That was as good as you want to see a young pitcher pitch.

Showalter was also asked if Ramirez was going to stay in the rotation moving forward:

Don’t feel good about the way Andrew’s (Cashner) knee is responding. He’s not going to pitch Monday, which is his normal start, so we’re going to need a starter there. (Josh) Rogers is at a point where we’re probably looking, really, not to pitch him much. Cash, there’s no real day he’s scheduled to start right now unless we get some real positive movement with his knee, we’re not going to pitch him. Just hasn’t responded to the treatment and the cortisone as we’d hoped. Structurally, he’s in good shape, just the wear and tear of the season, I guess. Alex (Cobb) probably going to play a little catch in the next day or two, but I’m not expecting that to be imminent for him to start, either. So, that’s my way of answering. Yefry’s going to pitch.

So based on that, it would stand to reason that Ramirez’s name might be penciled in as a starter going into Spring Training next year. Of course that also could be contingent on who the manager is. If it’s Buck Showalter, I would expect Ramirez to get a great shot at making the team as a starter out of the spring.

The series with Chicago concludes this afternoon at Camden Yards. David Hess gets the call for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Chicago’s Lucas Giolito. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles silenced in Cleveland finale

The Baltimore Orioles were unable to muster anything of note in yesterday’s series finale at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. Yefry Ramirez was battered around in his truncated outing; and it all begins and ends with starting pitching, as we know. But Oriole bats fell silent as well. Ramirez’s line: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 BB, 2 K.

Cleveland led 2-0 after two innings following a first inning RIB-double by Diaz, and a second inning RBI-single by Allen. However it was the fourth inning that broke the game open. Bradley smacked an RBI-double, and Yefry Ramirez’s day ended when he walked Diaz with the bases loaded, running the score to 4-0.

But that didn’t improve things in the long run. The next batter up was Cabrera, who promptly deposited a grand slam into the seats, giving Cleveland an 8-0 lead. And that of course turned into an 8-0 victory.

You never want to lose games, but again these types of outings are part of rebuilding. Cleveland is a team that’s green lighted for the post season, so they’re no slouches. The goal for the Orioles is to get back to that level at some point. At least that’s what the rebuilding effort in essence is all about.

And the Orioles had opportunities in this game. The lead off hitter was aboard in several innings, but Cleveland always managed to kill the rallies. Heck, the Orioles were even 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position. While that’s not the greatest number on earth, it’s better than zero.

But consider that for a moment; the O’s actually had two hits with runners in scoring position. And out of those two sequences, they netted zero runs. That’s tough to do if you think about it.

Mark Trumbo is headed back to Baltimore to have an MRI on his knee, which flared up in pain once again. Trumbo appears to be ear marked again for the DL. He of course started the season on the DL, before coming up in the beginning of May. It’s a tough pill to swallow for both Trumbo and the O’s, but if you think about it one could also argue that it’s about par for the course for this year.

The Orioles now head north of the border to Rogers Centre (a park that’s haunted the Orioles for years) for a three-game set with Toronto. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Marco Estrada. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles prove small ball doesn’t work in the AL East

I have a lot of fans who write in and tweet at me saying that the Baltimore Orioles should try small ball. And perhaps it isn’t the worst idea in the world in a sense. Because it’s obvious that this year at least the power isn’t there – right? Well what we saw this afternoon and really this entire week with Boston in town should prove that small ball just doesn’t work in the AL East.

I’ve said for some time that the Orioles would get bludgeoned to death every game if they tried to win with small ball on a regular basis. The American League East has always been about power-hitting. Always, and forevermore. If you want to buy into what Tampa’s selling in the unorthodox way that they manage their pitchers and think that’s going to win games, be my guest. Once the novelty wears off and teams start recognizing how to play against it, trust me folks…it won’t work. This is the AL East.

The Orioles started Yefry Ramirez this afternoon against Boston, and while he got tagged for the loss in his big league debut I personally thought he showed a bit of promise. Ramirez’s line: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K. It’s only four plus innings in one start at the big league level. But he made some impressive pitches to get out of innings, and could represent a serviceable starter in the future.

Ramirez gave up a solo homer to Betts in the third inning, giving Boston a 1-0 lead. Bogaerts would add a sac fly-RBI in the fifth, and later in the inning Devers added an RBI-single. They would also get an RBI-single by Nunez, which ended up with a close play at the plate. Buck Showalter opted to challenge, which in my view was a mistake. If the runner’s foot was tagged before he touched home plate, there certainly wasn’t irrevocable video evidence.

Showalter probably felt that he had nothing to lose at that point by challenging. In fact, that came back to bite him. Schoop grounded out to end the sixth with a runner on base, and the throw was a bit errant. Replays seemed to indicate that Boston first baseman Holt didn’t hold the bag. Personally I felt that it was an open-and-shut case that would have been reversed on review. But the Orioles didn’t have a challenge to give.

Not that it mattered. Martinez would add another solo homer for Boston, and the Orioles would get on the board with a sac fly-RBI by Peterson in the last of the seventh. Peterson would later double with Sisco on first in the last of the ninth, on a play where Sisco appeared ready to score. However he slipped going around third base, and had to hold up. Again, not that it mattered. But it was that type of game, series, and season for the Orioles.

Richard Bleier left the game with an elbow problem, in a sequence that didn’t look good for the Orioles or for Bleier’s continued participation this season. The worst part from my standpoint was that there was never any doubt that Bleier was hurt and thus coming out of the game. He made no attempt to stay in the game, and all but told the Orioles’ trainers that he had to exit.

In one of the more humorous moments of the game, Boston starter Chris Sale was lifted in the last of the seventh. As he left he barked at home plate umpire Brian Knight and told him what he thought of his strike zone. Sale was immediately ejected. Not that it mattered, as he was already out – he just lost the right to watch the rest of the game from the dugout.

When you try to piecemeal one run here and there together, that’s all you’re going to get; one run. The Orioles aren’t even getting that for the most part. But as I said, small ball just doesn’t cut it in the AL East. What we saw this afternoon and in this series would be commonplace if the Orioles ever thought of re-constructing their team in the form of a Kansas City or a Milwaukee.

The only thing that’s similar with small ball and power-hitting is that you have to have guys on base for it to work. The Orioles will hit some home runs – but nobody’s on base when they do. In small ball you can have the bases loaded, and you’re still only playing for one run. But either way, you need guys on base for the system to work. But make no mistake, the AL East isn’t construed in a manner that would be kind to a true small ball team. That should have been evident through the first part of this week.

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