As Opening Day crawls toward us, it seems that Ol’ Man Winter has no designs on releasing his grip on the Baltimore area any time soon. So for now, stay inside, get cozy, and check out these O’s links.
Orioles Hangout’s Luke Siler takes a long and detailed look at Trey Mancini from the perspective of a scout wondering what the future holds for the Trey Train. It looks like Trey is set to be an average player, unless he can make a couple key adjustments to his swing, and improve his defense. Fortunately, as Siler points out, he has shown the ability to adjust in the past.
There will be no walk-off Trumbomb on Opening Day this year, as Mark is set to start the season on the DL, thanks to his strained quad. In addition, Ryan Mountcastle was hit on the hand by a pitch, and will also be on the shelf for 4-6 weeks. More bummed about the latter, to be honest.
Kevin Gausman tossed five shutout frames against the Cardinals on Thursday. You’d have liked to see more than one strikeout, ideally, but he got a lot of soft contact, and that’s good enough for him, as The Sun’s Jon Meoli relays.
Here’s a fun little exercise c/o Jon Shepherd of Camden Depot. It could happen!
Maybe someday, this headline will be written about the O’s front office…
Have a great weekend, Birdland. Less than two weeks until Opening Day.