The Orioles salvaged a series victory in Cincy after falling behind 0-1 in the series. It took some A+ pitching performances from two unlikely sources in Ubaldo Jimenez and Wade Miley so hats off to them. The birds now return home to Baltimore for a three game series with the Red Sox.
Here’s a roundup of Orioles related news this morning:
- The Orioles return home with the best record in the majors.
- Jayson Aquino has officially been named Saturday’s starting pitcher in what will be his first career MLB start.
- With two lefties and a knuckleballer on the mound this weekend, we likely won’t be seeing much of Hyun-Soo Kim writes Roch Kubatko. Considering the tear Trey Mancini is on and Kim being 0-for-17 in his career versus lefties, it probably for the best.
- After all, Mancini’s emergence and the subsequent roster crunch for playing time in the outfield is a good problem to have.
- Wade Miley talks about last night’s successful outing and the fruitful partnership he has developed with Caleb Joseph primarily catching him so far in 2017.
- Speaking of Joseph, here’s a good Fangraphs piece on him and the value he brings as a mentor to the pitching staff.
- Here’s an interview with rising prospect Cedric Mullins.
- Matt Perez writes about how WAR-based systems underestimate elite relievers for Camden Depot. Interesting theory and probably explains why Zach Britton didn’t get as much love from the Cy Young voters as many felt he should have.
- 19 years ago today the Orioles were mired in a 0-21 slump to start the season. Makes you appreciate the MLB best 10-4 start they are off to now a lot more.