Orioles' Hyde managing 3-batter minimum; Scott shows improvement; Iglesias' recovery - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles’ Hyde managing 3-batter minimum; Scott shows improvement; Iglesias’ recovery

Photo Credit: Joy R. Absalon

PHILADELPHIA—Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has to use his bullpen differently in 2020. There’s a new rule, and it’s one that was going to be in effect before the pandemic: A pitcher must face at least three batters or end an inning.

It minimizes the left-handed specialist like Brian Matusz, who’d come in to face David Ortiz, frustrate the Boston slugger and leave the game.

Hyde acknowledged the rule has been a factor.

“It’s come into play,” Hyde said. “There’s been times where I probably would have liked another matchup in the bullpen, on a handful of occasions.

“I like the rule. I just would like to be able to change my pitcher when they pinch-hit for their hitter. I think it’s interesting. I think it’s a feel-out process going through this the first time. I had no idea how it would look like early on. Now I’m getting used to it.”

Scott’s improvement: Reliever Tanner Scott’s stats are promising.

While control has always been an issue, and he’s walked three in five innings, the 26-year-old left-hander has given up just two hits.

After his scoreless two-thirds of an inning on Tuesday night in the Orioles’ 10-9 victory over the Phillies, Scott’s ERA is  1.80.

“I’d probably say confidence,” Scott said of the reason for his improvement in a video conference call on Wednesday.

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“I’m just going out there and not thinking about anything other than one pitch at a time, going out there and getting outs and attacking.”

Scott has always had an impressive fastball and slider. In parts of four seasons, he’s averaged 12.7 strikeouts per nine innings, but this season he’s been better.

“I’m just trying to go out there and use my best stuff,” Scott said. “Go out there and attack hitters, pitch one, pitch two and just try to get after it. Whenever they use me, I’m ready from the first to the ninth, as long as they need us. If we go to extra innings, I’m ready to go. Call my name, I’m ready.”

After the trade of Richard Bleier to Miami on July 31st, Scott and Paul Fry became the only left-handers in the bullpen. They’ve since been joined by Keegan Akin, who has yet to appear in a game.

This is the first time that Scott hasn’t had a veteran left-hander to mentor him.

“Zack [Britton], when I came up, he was the guy I looked up to the most,” Scott said. “Then we had Richard. Me and Paul, that’s my guy. Me and him are probably best friends. We go out there and talk about how our stuff plays against this hitter.”

Scott has worked closely with pitching coach Doug Brocail and bullpen coach Darren Holmes.

“When I came into spring, [Brocail] and Holmes really just talked about going out there with one pitch at a time,” Scott said. “Taking one pitch, then  to the next. Not, ‘oh, I did this. Oh, I did that.’ Go out there with one pitch and let it go out there with everything you’ve got.”

 Iglesias’ quad injry: Shortstop José Iglesias is back in the Orioles lineup after not starting the past two games. Iglesias has been battling a sore left quadriceps muscle.

“It might be like this for a while,” Hyde said. “We’re going to manage it the best we can the next month-and-a-half. It’s just going to be a daily conversation between me and him on how he’s feeling.

“I think we’ve done a pretty good job of managing it so far, and we’ll continue to do that going forward.”

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Bhoffman1

    August 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    On another note we started off with 5 outfielders and down to 3. Is Velazquez qualified to start in the outfield if one goes down? Does it make sense to carry 3 catchers but only 3 outfielders. So far it’s working I guess. Strange season

    • CalsPals

      August 12, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      The three catchers surprises me…whatever…go O’s…

    • Bhoffman1

      August 12, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      Especially that the fourth outfielder can’t hit. We have two young catchers that are playing well isn’t that enough.

    • CalsPals

      August 12, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Smith has looked horrible tonight, overruns a ball for an error, then, my opinion, no hustle & lets a catchable drop in front of him…where’s Ryan?…go O’s…

    • Bhoffman1

      August 12, 2020 at 11:10 pm

      I haven’t got my ROKU yet so I can’t watch games but I see Smith is hitting didn’t know he looks terrible in the field but it doesn’t surprise me. It seems like our 050 hitter is his nightly seventh inning replacement

  2. Boog Robinson Robinson

    August 12, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Sisco with a tater vs. …. gasp …. a left handed pitcher? Inconceivable.

    • CalsPals

      August 12, 2020 at 9:25 pm

      Elias will sit him tomorrow…go O’s…

      • Jbigle1

        August 12, 2020 at 10:12 pm

        Dejesus is possibly the worst umpire I’ve had to watch call a game

        • Boog Robinson Robinson

          August 12, 2020 at 10:36 pm

          I’m with you JBigs …. went both ways. Everybody was confused by him.

    • Bhoffman1

      August 12, 2020 at 11:12 pm

      I knew Sisco could hit lefties. He creamed that ball. Surprised Hyde let him hit.

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