Don’t look now, but the Orioles actually won a series! I say that not in the “hey, the O’s may be ready to make a run!” sense, but rather in the “you may want to double check and make sure the sun still rose in the east this morning” sense. It was the Birds’ first home series win of the year, and just their second overall. The other, of course, was when they took three of four in the Bronx, fooling us all. The Yankees have won more games in a row (nine) than the O’s have all year (eight).
But hey, it’s gotta start somewhere. Nice to end the disappointing homestand on a high note. To the links.
ESR’s Paul Valle joined Justin McGuire on the Locked On Orioles podcast to discuss his piece from last week.
The way Matt Perez of Camden Depot means this question is in the “Will he be the piece that brings back huge parts of a rebuild in a trade?” Ugh. I hate that we’re here, but he makes some decent points.
Detroit pitched two lefties over the weekend, and Chris Davis found himself glued to the bench for both games. Buck Showalter discussed why in his pre-game comments on Sunday. Davis & Scott Coolbaugh (ugh) are working on some adjustments, apparently. I’m hopeful, but not optimistic.
The O’s infamous 0-21 1988 start was 30 years ago, and this year’s team has honored them by putting together the SECOND worst start in franchise history. Cool. MLB Network aired a video on the ’88 squad last night – I know you’re disappointed if you missed it.
Manny Machado is hitting well above the league average with two strikes this year, as The Sun’s Jon Meoli notes here. It’s great to see Manny stop swinging for the moon all the time, certainly. The results have been quite positive so far, as he leads the AL in hitting with his .361 average.
The O’s are off today, then they begin a six-game West Coast swing in LA and Oakland. The Angels just got swept by the Yankees, so they’ll be playing angry, and the A’s have one of the league’s best offenses.