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Dan Connolly

Strangely, O’s really needed this rainout

Photo credit: Joy R. Absalon

No one  wants a rainout — except maybe Crash Davis in that awesome Bull Durham scene that has the Los Lobos’ “I Got Loaded,” playing in the background.

But sometimes rainouts can be helpful.

Tuesday’s decision to postpone the Orioles-Tampa Bay Rays game before gates even opened was a nod to the storms that were predicted.

But it also let the Orioles get their roster in a little better order.

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Infielder Tim Beckham is almost certainly headed to the disabled list with a strained groin injury suffered Monday night. He had a MRI on Tuesday, and the Orioles were waiting on official results before a move was made.

Because of the rainout the Orioles could wait until Wednesday to officially make the transaction, It will be coupled with adding newly acquired infielder/outfielder Jace Peterson to the 25-man roster.

Peterson, who was claimed off waivers Tuesday, wasn’t scheduled to get into Baltimore until late Tuesday night, so the Orioles would have had to add Engelb Vielma for one day or play a man down (and have a  two-man bench).

With the rainout, Peterson will be added Wednesday afternoon while Beckham will be placed on the DL. No extra moves needed.

The rainout also gives the Orioles (6-17)  a little breather after seven straight games, and six losses.

Showalter wouldn’t bite on the question as to whether this rainout would double as a good regrouping day, but it’s not hard to read between the lines.

Take a break, get a breath and come back to play Wednesday. That’s gotta be the hope, anyway.

The pitching matchups have been pushed back, so Alex Cobb and Jake Faria will pitch Wednesday and Dylan Bundy and Chris Archer will face off Thursday,

Tuesday’s game will be made up on Saturday, May 12 at 3:05 p.m. as part of a one-admission doubleheader.

Because the Orioles already have lost a scheduled off day on May 17 (they are making up a rainout in Boston), the club will now play 27 games in 27 days with just one offday (May 14).

And that will be a tough stretch then.

But, given how they have played recently, the Orioles sure could use a night to clear their heads now.

26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. jkneps63

    April 24, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Was there any talk of skipping Cobb or Tillman in the rotation over the next three games?

    • Dan Connolly

      April 24, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      I don’t believe so.

    • Orial

      April 25, 2018 at 8:32 am

      Why skip Cobb?

      • jkneps63

        April 25, 2018 at 7:20 pm

        He obviously needs to work on some issues IMO and isn’t ready to be pitching. ERA > 15, WHIP > 3. Find some mysterious injury with this guy and send him to Delmarva (yes, Delmarva) to get in shape and pitch better…

        • jkneps63

          April 25, 2018 at 7:45 pm

          Stop the presses! Cobb through a scoreless inning!!! Good for him! Prove me wrong Alex Cobb! Rack up a quality start!

          • jkneps63

            April 25, 2018 at 8:39 pm

            Whoops! We have a return of the “injured” Alex Cobb who needs a stint at Delmarva!!!

  2. JParsley

    April 24, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    they need more than a rainout!

  3. JParsley

    April 24, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Hey Dan I have a question for you, I don’t know if you have access to the clubhouse, if you do what is the mood in there are the guys having fun (joking around) or are they up tight trying to get through this bad stretch? I have always heard that winning makes for better chemistry (makes sense), and losing creates tension. the core of the team has been together for a while now and if they are not relaxed they will have a long hard season, but if they are relaxed that maybe they will be able to get out of the funk sooner than later

    • Mau

      April 24, 2018 at 8:47 pm

      They need rain for 40 days and 40 nights.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 24, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      JP: my BBWAA card does get me into the clubhouse. And I’d say there is definitely some frustration. But it’s a pretty loose clubhouse and it doesn’t seem particularly tense right now. Lots of ping pong and pool being played.

      • Mau

        April 24, 2018 at 10:27 pm

        Are they any better at ping pong and pool? Can they hit the balls?

    • Dan Connolly

      April 25, 2018 at 1:31 am

      I will not discuss this last question on a family website.

  4. Dblack2508

    April 24, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    it means possibly Schoop and Trumbo can hopefully be back in time to play the make up game. The bats can’t get any worse than they are now.

  5. bigdaddydk

    April 25, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Hope there was some extra time spent in the batting cage yesterday.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 25, 2018 at 8:31 am

      That’s the funny thing. These guys are always in the batting cage. Unfortunately, Carlos Carrasco doesn’t go with them

      • jkneps63

        April 25, 2018 at 7:22 pm

        It maybe who they are with while in the batting and what they are and are not working on. This team needs a whole lot of “go with the pitch” refreshers IMO.

  6. Orial

    April 25, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Rain out definitely helps. A breather for Beckham(DL) may not be a bad thing. One of the disappointing factors lately is the lack of “Heeding the Opportunity” for players such as Gentry,Sardinas,Santander,Valencia. Guess they are what they are. A little side note:We can all thank Jace Peterson for Manny’s defensive wakeup call. It was Peterson who beat out Manny’s lazy throw to first in NY leading to an uneccessary run being scored.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 25, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      You are right. Lots of opportunity to seize. Little seizing.

  7. TheFatMan

    April 25, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Only bad thing with the rainout is I am at the game tonight and was looking forward to watching Bundy pitch. Although I will participate in the traditional double header on the 12th of May now.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 25, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      You’ll at least get done free Baseball.

  8. pjclark4

    April 25, 2018 at 10:33 am

    On a less depressing note… or more depressing depending on how you look at it… if you like “I Got Loaded,” the Wood Brothers have a fantastic cover of it.

    Perfect soundtrack for a rainy day, especially when your team is a dozen games out on April 25th.

    And I’m not going to say it’s THE problem with their bats, but I took the family to the game on Sunday and I’ve determined that the Orioles need a walk-up song consultant.
    I mean, to each his/her own, but if you aren’t getting people excited by your play, at least give them 10 seconds of fun before hitting into the shift in the 8th with the left side open and needing 2 to tie.

    I don’t need a specific genre. I’ll work with their tastes, but good grief the excitement level outside of about 2-3 players was somewhere between a collective yawn and “what is this?”
    Also, I’m pretty sure those 2-3 players were the only ones hitting above .200.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 25, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      OK, PJ, lets skip baseball for a moment. I love the Wood Brothers’ version. I love the Wood Brothers. Postcards from Hell is one of my favorite songs of all time.

  9. Boog Robinson Robinson

    April 25, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Rainouts ‘eh? That’s a bold strategy Cotton, let’s see if it pays off for them.

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