Orioles' Mountcastle makes 1st start at 1st; Hays expected back Tuesday; Galvis heating up - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles’ Mountcastle makes 1st start at 1st; Hays expected back Tuesday; Galvis heating up

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Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Ryan Mountcastle is more comfortable “playing in the dirt,” and he’ll get that opportunity Saturday against the Texas Rangers.

After starting six games in left field and eight as the designated hitter, Mountcastle is making his 2021 season debut at first base in the second game of the series. Mountcastle has been taking ground balls at first base for the past week, and he was excited when Hyde gave him the news.

“Ryan has played the infield his whole life,” Hyde said. “First base is not an easy position to play even though everybody thinks it is. There’s a lot of intricacies that go along with playing first base. So, it’s not easy to do. But for someone who has played in the infield, it’s a little easier. I know that Ryan is more comfortable playing in the dirt.”

Last season, Mountcastle started nine games at first and committed one error in 55 chances.

Trey Mancini, who has started 13 games at first base this season, took over as the designated hitter and was moved down to fifth in the order Saturday. Mountcastle leads the team with 19 strikeouts and Mancini is second with 18 after striking out in all four at-bats in Friday’s 5-2 victory over the Rangers.

Mancini missed last season after undergoing colon cancer surgery in March 2020.

“He has not seen major league pitching in over a year. It’s not easy to do,” Hyde said about Mancini. “I just want him to relax and have at-bats. I just want him to relax and be himself.”

Hays back early next week

Austin Hays is poised to rejoin the Orioles on Tuesday against the Marlins.

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The Orioles’ outfielder has not played since April 4th in Boston when he strained a hamstring diving back into second base on a bloop single by Cedric Mullins that initially appeared to be caught.

Hays has played in games at the alternate training site in Bowie and there have not been any setbacks.

“He’s progressed very well,” Hyde said. “He’s played the last couple of days and he’s checked all of the boxes from a health standpoint.”

Galvis heating up

Shortstop Freddy Galvis agreed with manager Brandon Hyde that some of the Orioles hitters are pressing.

The offense has been mostly uneven, Friday night against the Rangers. The Orioles got off to a quick start and had seven hits, including a homers by Rio Ruiz and DJ Steward in the 5-2 victory. However, they went down in order in their last 14 at-bats.

Galvis managed a triple and a double for his first mult-ihit game since August 3, 2019, against the Blue Jays. He’s hoping the hitters can relax and become more productive.

“I think the way we tried to do stuff early in the season, we had a good series against Boston and then we went cold a little bit, and then we tried to do too much,” Galvis said. “We tried to hit the homer, we tried to get the RBI, and maybe there was a little pressure that we put on ourselves to try to do it. It’s just a matter of trying to let it go, try to stay with the plan … It’s just like 15 games so far, something like that. We have a lot of games to go. We have to relax a little bit and play baseball.”

Galvis will make his 15th start at shortstop Saturday against the Rangers and he’s been solid defensively. The switch-hitter is making adjustments at the plate and has four hits in his last 10 at-bats to raise his average to .200.

“I think it’s trying to get on top of the baseball right now, something we’ve been working on the last few days,” Galvis said. “I think I was having a little trouble with fastballs. Right now, trying to stay short to the ball, trying to make a good swing and trying to get good contact, and it’s working so far. It’s working. Just keep working and trying to get better every day.”

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. MiddleSchoolRantMachineWithNoBaseballCommonSense-ThumbsUp!

    April 17, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    Give Trey a day off please!!!

    And 20 pitches in 2 innings for Dunning?!?!? He’s going to throw a no hitter lol

  2. MiddleSchoolRantMachineWithNoBaseballCommonSense-ThumbsUp!

    April 17, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Okay, pull Kremer now please…

  3. MiddleSchoolRantMachineWithNoBaseballCommonSense-ThumbsUp!

    April 17, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    It really is a shame we can’t enjoy the Orioles victory due the impending doom caused by the MLB taxi squads being in place when the minor league season starts…

    • CalsPals

      April 18, 2021 at 7:46 am

      What was the name of the one Steve Martin movie, oh yeah, “The Jerk”, maybe your new handle tomorrow should be his dog’s name…lol…go O’s…

  4. dlgruber1

    April 17, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    LeBlanc continues throwing the blanks. So glad to see Trey with go ahead knock. Could MLB just let them play all road games?

  5. Icterus fan

    April 17, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    All around good old school baseball today. Nice win!

    Severino looks better defensively of late. Give him credit for less passed balls and balls glancing off the glove. (Except for bottom of 8) Still swinging at too many first pitches.

    Mancini 2 for 4 and that’s gotta be helpful for his attitude.

    Mountcastle good batting eye and knowledge of strike zone but still waiting for him to warm up.

    Galvis is a good positive spark plug kinda guy. Four for four and turned on a slider in 9th inning. Slapped some leather while turning that double play. Offensively he’s

    Mullins is so patient at the plate, often taking first pitches. Constant bunt threat brings another dimension.

    Franco is an aggressive free swinger and good fastball hitter, but base running skills are lacking.

    LeBlanc seems professional. Smooth and crafty. Good pitch location.

    Ruiz is struggling with the off speed pitch.

    Tanner Scott in high leverage situation has success.

    • BarstoolSleeper

      April 18, 2021 at 4:35 am

      Give credit to severino for less passed balls except the 8th inning when he had a passed ball lol! That’s funny Icterus

    • CalsPals

      April 18, 2021 at 7:58 am

      Again, I’m 100% sure someone will comment on just my comment, but Severino had another passed ball on the 8th, like you mentioned, we’re damn lucky runners didn’t advance, not sure what they were looking at, I’m sure Mikey is doing the right thing w/Severino, unfortunately the more he plays, the more errors he makes & his value goes south, again, lefty pitcher last night, wasn’t sure why they didn’t catch Sisco…I’m sure I’ll be told why though…go O’s…

    • CalsPals

      April 18, 2021 at 8:18 am

      Backwards, righty…my bad…go O’s…

  6. Phil770

    April 18, 2021 at 9:11 am

    CP, you know more about baseball than I do, but overall, Severino is the better catcher than Sisco. From what I can tell, small sample size, is that Severino frames the pitches better. Agree that the passed balls are not a good thing…and very frustrating. Sisco is just not better than Severino.

    • CalsPals

      April 18, 2021 at 9:17 am

      Agree that numbers probably support severino, everyone knows the future catcher is not here now, just think if they play them both they MAY increase their chance of having a marketable commodity…would have been a easy chance to get Sisco in a game…but it is what it is…go O’s…

    • Icterus fan

      April 18, 2021 at 9:25 am

      Where is Austin Wynns these days? He hasn’t had any playing time, right?
      Just sayin’

    • CalsPals

      April 18, 2021 at 9:44 am

      I believe Rich said he was on the taxi squad…go O’s…

  7. dlgruber1

    April 18, 2021 at 10:39 am

    If the O’s win today it will be their 2nd road sweep of 3 games in just 3 road series. I’m wondering if they had ANY road sweeps of 3 games in Hyde’s brief tenure in Baltimore. I certainly can’t think of any off the top of my head.

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