Orioles give Sisco 2nd straight start; Tate returns; Fry frustrated by losses - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles give Sisco 2nd straight start; Tate returns; Fry frustrated by losses

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Catcher Chance Sisco is in the Orioles’ starting lineup for the second straight game. Pedro Severino has started 32 times, and Thursday night’s start against the Chicago White Sox will be Sisco’s 18th. Sisco enters the game batting .155 with three RBIs.

“I wanted a lefty against [Chicago starter Dylan] Cease,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “I liked the way he caught yesterday. He did a nice job behind the plate. I thought the swings looked a little more aggressive. I’m trying to get him going and give him two days in a row.”

Oriole starters Dean Kremer (6.87 ERA), who was optioned to Triple-A, and Bruce Zimmermann (5.59 ERA), who will start against the White Sox, might not have been helped by the defensive struggles of the catchers.

“I do think pitching and catching goes hand-in-hand a lot of times,” Hyde said. “I think our catchers do a nice job from a pregame standpoint; the work they do prior to the game is fantastic.

“We’ve let a few too many balls get by us, especially here as of late. That’s just something that we’re continuing to try to get better at, and I think that when the pitching/catching relationship is strong and guys are in tune, that definitely matters.

“We still have a long way to go — on the mound, behind the plate –,and we’re continuing to try to get better and, hopefully, we will here coming up.”,

Mountcastle still out: Ryan Mountcastle, whose left hand was bruised when he was hit by a pitch in Tuesday night’s game at Minnesota, is out of the lineup for the second straight game.

“The hand’s still sore,” Hyde said. “Right now, he’s testing it in the cage. We’ll see if he’s available off the bench tonight or not. Where it got him is where the bat rests, so it’s a tender spot and, hopefully, he’ll be available off the bench. He’s day-to-day at this point.”

Tate’s back: Right-hander Dillon Tate was activated from the 10-day injured list. Tate, who had been on the injured list since May 8th because of a strained left hamstring, is 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA in 11 games. He threw a perfect inning, striking out one, and threw just nine pitches on Tuesday night for Norfolk.

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“I’m happy to have Dillon back because Dillon’s a guy that the last couple of years has done a nice job against right-handed hitters,” Hyde said. “It’s something that we’ve had a little trouble with the last couple of weeks since he’s been gone. He’s a nice right-on-right option for a lot of these right-handed teams that we’re facing.”

For the season, right-handers are batting .265 against Tate while left-handers are just 1-for-12 (.083).

Fry frustrated: Paul Fry, who might be called on to close the next time the Orioles have a lead in the ninth inning, has pitched more games for the team than anyone on the pitching staff.

Fry came to the major leagues on June 29, 2018. With the exception of one game for Triple-A Norfolk in June 2019, he has been with the Orioles ever since.

This year, Fry is the most effective pitcher in the bullpen. He’s 0-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 19 games. Fry has struck out 26 batters in 18 innings and walked eight and has yet to allow a home run.

The club has had a losing record since he joined it, but this year stings more. The Orioles have lost their last nine games and 16 of 18.

“When you’re first coming, it’s the joy of being in the big leagues,” Fry said. “Losing is getting harder. We want to win. This group that we have is outstanding. We’re starting to take the losses personally. It’s a rebuild. Things will turn around soon. We’re all working hard every day.

“The losing stinks, but it is what it is.”

Fry is being sought out by less experienced pitchers for advice. Earlier in his career, veteran relievers, Richard Bleier, Brad Brach, Zack Britton, Mychal Givens and Darren O’Day were there for him.

“I would say I try to lead more by example,” Fry said. “I’m going to have my rough outings here and there. Guys will come up to me and ask me questions. I’ve been around a little bit longer. I’ve been through some things. I’ve been through the tough times.

“I’m in those shoes. I’m trying to help guys learn, go through the experiences, take them under my wing as much as I can. If I don’t know how to do it, I go to someone else.”

Minor Matters: Mac Sceroler, who is on the 10-day injured list because of right shoulder tendinitis, started for Norfolk on Thursday. The right-hander pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on two hits. He walked two and struck out three. … Right-handed pitcher Brenan Hanifee, who was the fourth-round pick of the Orioles in 2016, had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. The surgery, which the Orioles said was successful, was performed in Dallas by Dr. Keith Meister. … Hunter Harvey, who’s on the 60-day injured list because of a sore left oblique, threw a scoreless inning in his second rehab outing on Wednesday night for the Tides. Harvey allowed two hits.

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22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. Boog Robinson Robinson

    May 27, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    C’mon Mr Sisco … don’t let me down now. This is your big Chance! (pun intended) It’s now or never … Redeem yourself … Wally Pip Pedro … strike the iron while it’s hot… carpe diem! … cowboy up … take the bull by the horns … the horse by the bit … there is no tomorrow … when the going gets tough, the tough get going … It ain’t over ’til it’s over, was it over when the Germans bombed … nevermind

    Imagine this Chance, if you take advantage of this … what may very well be your last real opportunity here in Charm City … you can have Sunday afternoons off for the remainder of the season! (or until you know who shows up)

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      May 27, 2021 at 7:31 pm

      thanks for the softball Rich.

    • TPhoebus

      May 27, 2021 at 9:37 pm

      I love your posts! Your passion is contagious!!! I am a member of your fan club always…

  2. TPhoebus

    May 27, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Sisco is 0 for this last 9 ABs. I hope he turns things around at the plate soon. Last two seasons, he had pretty good OBP even though his batting average was 0.210 and 0.214.

    • Birdman

      May 27, 2021 at 10:04 pm

      Sisco has struck out his first two at bats tonight, he really needs to find a way to cut down on his very high strike out rate … looks like he is going to get more playing time, hope he can get on track.

      • DontFeedTheTrollPepsi

        May 27, 2021 at 10:55 pm

        Before tonight’s game Sisco’s K rate was 21%, league average was 24%

        • Birdman

          May 28, 2021 at 7:19 am

          With four strikeouts last night, Sisco’s K rate this season now up to 26% … and and his career rate is 32%, far above the MLB average.

  3. Snake Pliskin

    May 27, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Watching the Sox game right now. Top of the 3rd and Santander swings twice, yet MASN says it’s 2-1. Then he swings with 3-1 displayed AND voiced “3-1 pitch” and Santander swings and inning over. Come on guys, pay attention! Aren’t you scoring this game, or are you relying solely on the TV to tell you?

    • DontFeedTheTrollPepsi

      May 27, 2021 at 10:56 pm

      Way to find something new to complain about

  4. DcOsfan

    May 27, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Don’t understand taking a pitcher out of a 1-1 game after only 82 pitches.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      May 27, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      I’m just as confused. Should have sent him back out.

    • DontFeedTheTrollPepsi

      May 27, 2021 at 10:58 pm

      Only 82

    • 33d St

      May 27, 2021 at 10:58 pm

      Unless he was sore or something I don’t get it. Sure you want guys to go out on a good note, but there’s a losing streak that needs to end and a beat up bullpen. Can’t handle these guys with kid gloves their whole careers.

  5. DontFeedTheTrollPepsi

    May 27, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Hindsight bats 1.000 here on the comment board.

    Zimmermann OPS against vs pitch count

    1-25 pitches 0.687
    26-50 0.771
    51-75 1.020
    75+ 1.372

    Gooooo hindsight!! Rah rah rah

    • 33d St

      May 27, 2021 at 11:08 pm

      That tells me he needs to pitch smarter. Even back in the day pitchers knew you had to show hitters different looks as the game went on. Pitchers used to talk about how they’d spend a guy’s first three at bats setting a hitter up for something in the 4th at bat. Arms tiring in the 7th inning or losing the feel for an off speed pitch mid game is nothing new. What’s new is guys don’t know how to adjust and they’re treated like babies instead of it being made clear they need to figure a way to work through it.

    • CalsPals

      May 28, 2021 at 6:58 am

      Marshmallow generation, trophies to all…go O’s…

    • willmiranda

      May 28, 2021 at 10:22 am

      More meaningless numbers. Until there’s a mass of data for 82+ pitches, this is irrelevant to the conversation. Zim has pitched about 50 total ML innings, an insignificant sample for any general, much less absolute, conclusion.

  6. DcOsfan

    May 27, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    It may also be a reflection on the catching – catchers should have a game plan to attack hitters assuming the starter will face them 3 or 4 times

    • CalsPals

      May 28, 2021 at 7:00 am

      Agree, today’s pitchers 2-3 times, elite guys 4 or more, unless they’re throwing the commonplace no hitter…lol…go O’s…

  7. Boog Robinson Robinson

    May 28, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Oh Chance oh Chance Oooooooooooooo for 4 Chance. Of all nights to wear the Golden Sombrero … I’m soooo disappointed.

    I feel like I’ve 4 big ol’ Dippy Eggs on my face…..

    • Shamus

      May 28, 2021 at 9:52 am

      Keep playing him…. At the least he catches the ball

    • CalsPals

      May 28, 2021 at 11:03 am

      Agree, he’s never had continued starts but in the minors, who knows what he can do if he gets prolonged at bats, not like they’ll bring up Rutschman next week or they’re in the middle of a playoff run…go O’s…

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