Went up to Camden Yards for a rare mid-week day game. O’s vs Twins. In some ways it mirrored last Sunday’s game. Baltimore starter Chris Tillman struggled in the first couple of innings giving up four Minnesota runs. Baltimore did eventually manage three bases-empty homeruns (Hardy, Davis, and Schoop) but otherwise, their offense sputtered. What scoring opportunities they managed were snuffed out by strikeouts and double plays. A few other random points:
- Adams Jones had a rough day (0 for 4 with 3 Ks) as did Twins masher Miguel Sano (0 for 5 with 3 Ks).
- Kennys Vargas had two ground ball hits that went to the opposite field against the shift. Don’t know if it was planned or just an accident.
- Manny Machado isn’t hustling. He just jogged to first on a single.
- Buck has been using Trey Mancini in left field in order to get his bat in the lineup. Trey need serious work on his defense. He had one error today, another play that should be been an error, and another instance of him throwing to the wrong base.
- Alec Asher should be given an opportunity to start. He’s the best they currently have in the bullpen and he’s not just limited to a single inning.
- When I was growing up most teams had a 10 man pitching staff. Now the Orioles have what is essentially an 18 man pitching staff. How so, you ask? Well, they have five starting pitchers: Bundy, Tillman, Jimenez (don’t laugh), Gausman, Miley. Then in the bullpen you have Brach, Givens, Asher, and O’Day. That’s just nine, you say. The rest comes from “roster management.” They come up from the minors; they go down. It happens daily. Sometimes hourly. I’ve yet to buy a scorecard which has the accurate list of pitchers. Hart, Bleier, Castro, Verrett, Critchton, Aquino, Wilson, Nova, Ynoa, Wright. They come and go so quickly that I can’t confirm they all actually exist but I’ll trust Buck.