Orioles' home woes continue; Mancini's four strikeouts; Bleier, Hays updates - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles’ home woes continue; Mancini’s four strikeouts; Bleier, Hays updates

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BALTIMORE—The Orioles returned home for their first extended homestand of 2019, and with it they hoped for some happier times.

Instead, things got worse.

Tampa Bay’s Tyler Glasnow completely baffled them, allowing just three singles in seven shutout innings, striking out nine without a walk. The Orioles, who got five hits overall, never got a runner to second base in their 7-0 loss.

“That’s electric stuff,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “That’s really, really good. It’s upper-90s to 100-mph fastball with a great hook and a changeup that’s at 92-94 that acts like a two-seam fastball. Tonight he had all three going. He was throwing all three in any count he wanted.

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“A night like that you just have to tip your hat to a really, really good pitcher that had his stuff. I like his presence. I think he attacks guys, the whole package is really impressive. Yeah, I haven’t seen many like that in a long time.”

Dan Straily allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Rays, who began play with a 2 ½ game lead in the American League East over the New York Yankees.

Straily, who was signed in the hope that he would go deep into games, hasn’t gotten an out past the fifth in any of his five starts. In his three appearances at Oriole Park, Straily has allowed 15 runs in nine innings.

“Some bad, some good,” Straily said about his time with the Orioles. “Some frustrating days for myself for sure. I’m not putting up the numbers that I’m used to up there in terms of innings for my team, so that’s something that I really need to turn around here really quickly.”

The Orioles, who entered the evening tied with Kansas City for the worst record in the American Leagues, have the worst home record. They’ve lost 11 of 14 at home and are 11-22 overall.

Asked before the game if he had any explanation for his team’s failure to win at home, Hyde said he didn’t. Hyde did point out that they’ve played New York, Minnesota, and Oakland, against whom they’re 1-10.

Tough night for Mancini: For the first time in his career, Trey Mancini struck out four times. Since returning from missing two games because of a bruised right index finger, Mancini has struck out seven times in eight at-bats.

“Totally fine, it has nothing to do with the finger,” Mancini said. “Just bad timing for the first golden sombrero, is that what it’s called? Yeah. Just not good timing, but I’m physically fine.”

Mancini was impressed by Glasnow.

“He was absolutely disgusting,” Mancini said. “You have to tip your cap. It’s frustrating. Dude threw a good game. He did a great job executing his pitches. It’s tough. His breaking ball, especially looks like his fastball to the hands so you try not to give up on it, but he spotted it well and he was really good out there.”

Ramirez saves bullpen: For the first time this season, the Orioles used only one reliever. Yefry Ramirez relieved Straily with one out in the fifth and pitched 4 2/3 innings, the longest stint for an Orioles reliever this season.

“I think it was valuable, the objective of coming [in] in a situation like that is to go as long as you can, to throw as many innings so that they don’t have to use that many pitchers,” Ramirez said through a translator.

Bleier, Hays updates: Richard Bleier, who’s on the 10-day injured list because of tendinitis in his left shoulder, has pitched in extended spring training games in Sarasota. “He’s had a few appearances,” Hyde said. “He’s come out healthy in all of them. He’s on the rehab track right now and probably gets moved along up the ladder.”

Bleier, who had lat surgery last June, has been on the IL since April 10.

“We haven’t really put a timetable on it, but he’s throwing the ball well and coming out of games healthy,” Hyde said.

Austin Hays, who’s been sidelined since spraining his left thumb in late March, played in his first extended spring training game on Friday.

“It went well,” Hyde said. “He played six innings. The finger was good, and I guess he was really happy with how he felt. Good news there, too.”

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Orial

    May 4, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Good morning Rich. To hear Mancini say the K’s have nothing to do with his finger is kind of alarming. Remember how he never seemed to recover from last year’s injury. Of course he might be just “saying that”. The fire and spirit seems to be fading quickly. It shows in Villar’s eyes. The good news–Hays is playing again,Mullins is fairing well in AAA,and Mountcastle is phenomenal.

    • Rich Dubroff

      May 4, 2019 at 9:13 am

      Good morning, Orial. You were awake before I was! I think you’ll see continually roster churning and Hays, Mullins and Mountcastle here at different points of the season.

  2. Bhoffman1

    May 4, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Nice to see Mountcastle hitting 350 and Sisco back on track after that unnecessary demotion. Rich unless Davis becomes a 22 mil a year platoon player Mountcastle is a 22 year DH. Has that ever happened before in the majors.

    • Rich Dubroff

      May 4, 2019 at 9:11 am

      Bruce, Orioles will find a place for Mountcastle if he hits. Not many players that young are primarily DHs but nothing wrong with it if it works.

  3. CalsPals

    May 4, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Glasnow was very tough, shame when we trade away pitcher(s) comparable to Archer, we get nothing like him back, Pittsburgh probably kicking themselves…lol

    • Rich Dubroff

      May 4, 2019 at 9:09 am

      Getting rid of Darren O’Day’s $9 million salary for this year could make the trade better than it initially seemed. He’s hasn’t pitched since he was traded. Evan Phillips is a useful reliever. Still waiting on the minor leaguers in the trade, and yes, the International Bonus Slot money wasn’t helpful.

  4. Fareastern89

    May 4, 2019 at 8:46 am

    People used to mock Sidney Ponson (not without cause), but his career ERA was half a run lower than the O’s current staff’s average. Any idea where Sir Sidney is these days? (That’s just an idle question, by the way; I’m not campaigning for his return.)

    • Rich Dubroff

      May 4, 2019 at 9:06 am

      Fareastern, last I heard he was living in Fort Lauderdale. ERAs as a whole were lower when he pitched, so not sure it’s an apt comparison.

  5. Tony Paparella

    May 4, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Glasgow is a really good pitcher as he has seemed to find himself this year.He was the total reason for last nights failure.Hyde says (quite frequently) that Ramirez saved the day because they didn’t need to use the bullpen.I certainly understand what he is saying but they are generally losing the games anyway so I would rather have him use the bullpen so that they can save the game. The organization is in a tough spot now with fans getting frustrated, so with your update on some of the prospects down there it looks to me that they will be reaching down there and calling up some people.Maybe not necessarily because of the fans but no doubt they want to mix it up a bit to see what everyone is capable of.Sad part is some of these guys could make it if they could play a full year but with the inadequate surrounding support it is doubtful that is going to happen.There may be a small window for some and they will have to take advantage of it.The pitching is horrendous at this point and the veteran starters are a big problem and disappointment, at this point so far.I will always stick with the team (as will most Oriole fans)but it is understandable why people are complaining and going to games less frequently.They would probably rather wait to the team gets some semblance of respectability. I am also thinking that if a player or two starts lighting it up a bit the excitement will return as I sense that whenever they have a good game.

    • Rich Dubroff

      May 4, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Tony, a lot to think about here. This is going to be a long and challenging prospect for the team and its fans.

  6. Grand Strand Bird Fan

    May 4, 2019 at 11:01 am

    I didn’t expect the Orioles to fair well against Glasgow. He has been a dominating pitcher so far this season. As noted the Ramirez saved the bullpen. Hopefully Bundy can turn in a solid performance tonight and our offense gets back on track. Not having a healthy Cobb and Bleier has really hurt the team. It’s encouraging that Hays is healthy again and Mullins is hitting. Maybe Mullins stay a Norfolk will be a short one.

    • Rich Dubroff

      May 4, 2019 at 11:18 am

      I think Mullins could be back fairly soon if he keeps hitting well, Grand Strand.

  7. Jbigle1

    May 4, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Aaron Altherr just found himself DFA’d. Wouldn’t surprise me to see the orioles take a flier on him.

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