According to a report in USA Today, manager Buck Showalter is not expected to return as Orioles manager in 2019. Before Friday night’s game, which the Orioles lost to the New York Yankees, 10-8, Showalter said that he hadn’t been told whether he’d be back next year.
Dan Duquette, who engineered the Orioles’ series of trades in July, is expected to receive an extension, according to USA Today. Duquette, who has accompanied the team on their final road trip to New York and Boston, said that his understanding was that Orioles management would make decisions on the leadership team at the conclusion of the season.
Yefry Ramirez allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings. The big hits were Didi Gregorius’ two-run homer in the first and Aaron Hicks’ two-run blow in the fourth.
His catcher, Austin Wynns, took the blame for Ramirez’s bad night.
“Just trying to execute pitches and just trying to be on the same page,” Wynns said. “We gave up those runs, those home runs, just can’t let them happen. This is my fault. I put those down. We didn’t execute.”
Ramirez had a cut on his finger, according to Showalter, but said it didn’t bother him.
“Right now, it’s really not bothering me that much, but in that very last inning, that’s when I felt it,” Ramirez said through a translator. “It really bothered me for that inning.”
Wynns had two passed balls. In his first 35 games behind the plate, he had only one.
“It was unacceptable with those passed balls,” Wynns said. “We had a little hiccup with the signs, and then I missed that other one. Just … yeah, can’t happen. Just bottom line with our pitching. We have to get ahead early, put them away. Right now, we’re like nitpicking. We put ourselves in situations where we just don’t execute. That’s the big word right there, execution. We need to get better at that and this game’s on me, this game’s on me.”
The Orioles are 44-109.
Davis cratering, Stewart steaming
Early this month, it looked as if Chris Davis had finally began to show signs of improvement. On Sept. 5, he was hitting .180, which was his highest point since May 11.
Davis was hitless in his last two at-bats in the Sept. 5 game, and that started him downhill. He’s 1-for-34 with 17 strikeouts and is batting .170
He struck out four times, equaling a season-high.
“It’s a tough night for him,” Showalter said. He said that he’s considering resting him again.
“We’ve tried that. We’ve tried giving him some time here and there,” Showalter said. “It’s something we consider from day to day. We’ll consider what’s the best foot forward tomorrow.”
Showalter has been vexed with questions about Davis all season long, and it’s bothered him that nothing seems to work.
“Chris will have a couple of good games where you keep thinking that he’s going to get it going,” Showalter said. “He just can’t string it together consistently. It’s been a challenge for him most of the season.”
DJ Stewart was hitless in his first 13 at-bats, but he’s getting used to major league pitching and has homered in his last two games.
Stewart is 4-for-20.
“He likes to play, he likes to compete and he’s always on,” Showalter said. “He doesn’t have an off button and those type of people have a chance to be as good as they’re capable of being. And he’s respectful of it. You can tell he really enjoys being here, but he’s not in awe of it. He’s got some confidence in his ability. It’s been fun to watch.”
Wynns and Renato Nunez also homered for the Orioles. They lost for the fourth time this year when scoring eight or more runs.
Cobb on Sunday
Alex Cobb, who has been hampered by a blister on the middle finger of his right hand, will get his first start since leaving after two innings on Sept. 11. If Cobb gets through the start, he’ll get another one, perhaps Sept 28 against Houston.
Although Cobb has had a mostly forgettable season, he says that it’s important to remember that there is something to play for.
“I think the biggest thing for us as an organization – the team obviously hasn’t met the expectations,” Cobb said.
“We’re far beyond all that. I think it’s important to show your professionalism when you’re a team in the situation that we’re in. I remember being on the 2011 Rays team when the Orioles beat the Red Sox and how much that affected the outcome of everything. So I think there’s due diligence on our part to go out there and be professional and compete to the best of our ability.
“Everybody appreciates that, whether you’re the team that you’re playing against or you’re the team that is relying on you to play spoiler. Whatever the case may be, obviously that moment stuck out and it will for the rest of my career, and the way we felt about the Orioles that time when they took care of their business and won a game that got us into the playoffs. So, I always kind of feel like no matter what situation you’re in, you want to be the best team you can be, the most competitive team could can be.”