After another disappointing series in Boston (where they’re now 1-6 this season), the Birds flew to Chicago for a matchup of teams that look to be vying for the number one pick in next year’s draft. The O’s got the better of the ChiSox in game one, but all eyes were on Manny Machado, who is rumored to be headed to The Windy City in a trade – though not to the Sox.
To the links.
Like I said above, Manny was greeted by a gaggle of Chicago reporters who wanted to ask him about potentially playing for the Cubs. His teammates had some fun at his expense, giving him mock hugs as if he was already gone. Ha ha…(sobbing quietly)
Also, I had no idea Manny & Cub Albert Almora Jr. were cousins. Neat.
Jake & Scott debut a new segment, #TheMannyMachadoWatch. Also, what’s up with Dylan Bundy, why did Caleb Joseph get demoted, and what’s different about cheering for a bad team?
Mark Brown of Camden Chat presents a “fun” little thought exercise about Chris Davis, because there is literally nothing fun about watching “Crush” (HA!) swing the bat right now.
Over in his weekly MASN guest column, our own Andrew Stetka wonders if the Birds should start #bullpenning early in games as the Rays did with Sergio Romo over the weekend. Right here at ESR, Riley Blake had some thoughts on this as well.
Camden Depot’s Jon Shepherd turns an eye toward making the O’s competitive again in 2021 (sigh), and says that trading not only Machado, but Jonathan Schoop, AND Kevin Gausman (all players who will be free agents after 2020 or sooner) to restock the farm. Short of just saying “get some prospects!,” Jon uses his industry knowledge and connections to aim for specific players from specific teams.