Wade Miley was decent last night, except for that one inning in which he wasn’t. Those five runs Tampa put up in the second inning were enough for them to pull off the 5-4 victory and even the series. The O’s try to take it today at Noon, but Ubaldo is on the bump, so we’re not getting our hopes up.
Still no trades to report, so let’s see what else is up in the Blog O’sphere.
SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee is one of my favorite baseball writers, and it’s a rare treat that he puts out a piece about the Birds, so of course I’m going to link it here. He gives an outsiders perspective on our O’s trade deadline plans.
Jake & Scott took a well-deserved week off after this year’s BEVy awards, but they’re back in studio this week, talking Jonathan Schoop, O’s promotions, and how the Orioles can pull off the type of change that the owner & GM are comfortable with but that will also appease fans.
So many ups, so many downs – that’s been the 2017 O’s. At no time was this more on display than immediately after the All-Star break, as the team got swept by the Cubs only to turn around and pull off a four-game sweep of the Rangers. It’s a lot to deal with. Our own Andrew Stetka, writing in his weekly MASN column, tries to help us get through it.
Over at Camden Depot, Patrick Dougherty looks at how Trey Mancini’s rookie season has progressed. Earlier this year, he was lighting the world afire, but many pointed to his HR/FB ratio as unsustainable. They said this was a reason to not get too excited. Fortunately, Pat says Trey has given us plenty of other reasons for optimism as the season has gone on.
The New York Post’s Joel Sherman says the O’s & Rangers are delusional about their playoff chances, which will hinder the abilities of true contenders to pry useful pieces from them. I’m still holding out hope that Brad Brach gets traded, but I’m not very optimistic about Zach Britton anymore.