It took nearly a week, but the Birds finally picked up their second win of the season. That they did it at Yankee Stadium, where they won only two games in 2017, was a nice little bonus. Here’s to getting at least one more this weekend. Two would be awesome, but I’m not getting ahead of myself.
Brad Brach struck out Brent Gardner to end the game, which was also pleasant.
Extra satisfying that it was Gardner. pic.twitter.com/opI1ir7bRt
— Eutaw Street Rep⚾rt (@EutawStReport) April 6, 2018
To the links.
Some nice pun work here from Jon Meoli (‘s editor). In addition to throwing his cutter/slider a ton, I was also impressed with Cashner’s velocity. At one point he went 96-97 on back-to-back fastballs to strike out Gardner.
Dylan Bundy has been an ace so far, as he currently leads MLB pitchers in fWAR through two starts. Does Bundy do better when he gets a little extra rest (as he did between his first two starts)? FanGraphs’ Craig Edwards digs into that question.
Mychal Givens had another rough outing. Darren O’Day put out the fire, but then loaded the bases on a walk and back-to-back HBPs in the eighth before inducing a harmless comebacker. Brach walked the number eight hitter, but ended the game before Aaron Judge could come to the plate as the tying run, which was nice. Anywho, here’s Jon Shepherd with some #nerdtalk about leverage indices.
Over at The Washington Post, Jacob Bogage talks to some O’s and Gnats fans who are getting creative in trying to watch the games after “cutting the cord” of cable. Fans of just seven out of 30 MLB teams have to deal with this crap, and we’re lucky to be counted among that number. Get with the damn times, MASN.
Are you following this Twitter account yet? You need to be. This fella is making every bird into a version of the O’s logo, and the results are mesmerizing. I chose my favorite (Kingfisher!) so far as the header photo up there. This one from last night is pretty perfect as well, for obvious reasons.
Common raven // Corvus corax pic.twitter.com/GxEYD6QVuW
— Other Birds as the Orioles Logo (@SmilingBirdLogo) April 6, 2018
Keep winning games, Birds!