Orioles recall Kremer to start against Indians; Franco, Hays out of lineup; Mullins getting All-Star votes - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles recall Kremer to start against Indians; Franco, Hays out of lineup; Mullins getting All-Star votes

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The Orioles recalled right-hander Dean Kremer from Triple-A Norfolk to start Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Kremer, who was sent to Norfolk for the second time this season after his start at Minnesota on May 26th, made two starts for the Tides. The last came on June 8th when he allowed three runs on one hit in 4 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out seven.

“He made a couple of starts down there,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “He threw the ball fairly well, wanted him to work on command, fastball command, continue to develop that good changeup that he’s got. We want him to throw it more. He did that. It sounds like things went well down there. He’s back up here to make a start for us tonight.”

This will be the first time Hyde has had three rookies — Kremer, Keegan Akin and Bruce Zimmermann — in the starting rotation.

“They’re three starters in our rotation that don’t have a lot of major league starts,” Hyde said.

This will be Kremer’s 14th start. Akin has nine and Zimmermann 12.

“They’re going to be facing some teams that they’ve never faced before, major league hitters that they’ve never seen,” Hyde said. “All three guys can give another team a different look. They’re all a lot different. We believe in all three of them. They’re getting valuable major league experience up here, really, really young in their careers.

“We’re very high on all three, and looking forward to watching them pitch.”

Kremer began his major league career by facing the New York Yankees in three of his first five, and five of his first 11 starts.

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“That’s not the easiest thing to do,” Hyde said. “To be able to face other clubs around the league and see what else is out there, I think is important.”

No Hays or Franco: Outfielder Austin Hays and third baseman Maikel Franco are not in the starting lineup. Hays is hitless in his last 12 at-bats, and Franco in his last 10.

Hays, who returned from a stint on the 10-day injured list because of a strained right hamstring on Friday, is 0-for-10 since he returned.

“Just giving those guys a day today,” Hyde said.

Mullins near All-Star leaders: Cedric Mullins is 10th among American League outfielders in the first results of fan voting for the All-Star Game, which will be held on July 13 in Denver’s Coors Field.

Mullins has 145,537 votes, about 20,000 votes behind Houston’s Michael Brantley.

The top nine outfielders will move on to Phase 2 in voting. Phase 1 concludes on Thursday June 24th at 4 p.m. The top three at other positions advance as well.

Trey Mancini in fifth among American League first basemen and Freddy Galvis is ninth among shortstops.

Fans can vote five times per day at MLB.com during Phase 1.

Scott confident: Since reliever Tanner Scott first joined the Orioles in September 2017, he has seen many more losses than wins.

“Any time you lose, it’s always tough,” Scott said. “We go out there and compete. In a close game, it’s like, ‘we almost had ‘em.’ We’re going to turn it around. We’re going to keep competing. We’re going to have some wins, for sure.”

Minor Matters: Left-handed pitcher Kevin Smith, who was acquired from the New York Mets in the trade for reliever Miguel Castro last August, has been promoted from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk.

Smith was 0-1 with a 1.04 ERA in six games at Bowie. He struck out 37 and walked 10 in 26 innings.

Infielder Greg Cullen, who was acquired in the trade with Atlanta for left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone, was promoted from Low-A Delmarva to Bowie. Cullen hit .281 with an RBI in 10 games for the Shorebirds.

Infielder Jean Carmona, who was acquired on July 31, 2018 from Milwaukee in the trade for second baseman Jonathan Schoop, was added to the Delmarva roster. Carmona hasn’t played since 2019 when he hit .224 in 25 games with Short Season-A Aberdeen.

Outfielder Yusniel Diaz, who has been out because of a leg injury, will be rehabbing with Bowie this week. Catcher Nick Ciuffo, who has yet to play this season because of a hand injury, joins Norfolk on Tuesday.

Covid vaccines at the ballpark: The Orioles, along with Major League Baseball and the Maryland Department of Health, will offer Covid vaccines during the next homestand, which begins Friday.

All fans 18 and over who get vaccinated will receive two complimentary lower-level tickets for any game through July 11th.

Vaccinations will be administered at Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant on Eutaw Street. Fans should enter on the non-ballpark side of the Warehouse.

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Boog Robinson Robinson

    June 14, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Looking forward to seeing what kind of sand Kremer shows after being demoted. It’s time for this guy to show us something.

    Kevin Smith … moving up a rung to AAA! I had forgotten about him until this article. Barely 24 years old, with 2+ solid seasons already played in A and AA to what looks to me to be a 2.48 ERA with roughly 10½ Ks per 9IP. This guy has me excited as any other in the organization ‘cept maybe Rodriquez. Certainly right there with Hall & Baumann. I’m wondering if they’re looking to jettison some of the basement dwellers off the 40 man such as Plutko or maybe returning Sceroler?

    3 Years of college ball and 3 years of AA … how much more ‘development’ would he need Rich?

    • CalsPals

      June 14, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      I think it is disappointing that college ball is not given more credibility…go O’s…

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 14, 2021 at 7:15 pm

      Ken, he’s very highly thought of, and don’t think he’s terribly far away.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        June 14, 2021 at 7:59 pm

        Don’t tease me me Rich!! 🙂

  2. Bumble bee

    June 14, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Wrong boog, that young man is too good for us right now. Give him a few years or just trade him to a contender where he can thrive

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      June 14, 2021 at 9:13 pm

      Bee !! You’re a bigger pessimist than I am! LoL

      Naw … sooner or later, Eilas is going to be forced in to fielding a major league quality team.

  3. Icterus fan

    June 14, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    What a forgettable 1st inning. Hyde gets ejected, DJ embarrasses himself defensively in left field,
    Palmer noting Kremer’s somewhat diminished velocity.
    Nice DP turned by Wilkerson, though.
    Suddenly 3-0….sigh….

  4. Bumble bee

    June 14, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    And I don’t understand why hay’s isn’t batting second to push everyone down a bit

    • CalsPals

      June 14, 2021 at 8:57 pm

      Agree, when he starts hitting…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      June 14, 2021 at 9:17 pm

      He’s gone 0-10 since coming back. OMG…can you believe it?! Oh for 10….whoa. It’s a black hole.

      Evidently Hyde’s lost all confidence in him. I’m starting to think Brandon is in cahoots with Tank Elias. Don’t win toooooo many fellas.

  5. dlgruber1

    June 14, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    “We’re very high on all three, and looking forward to watching them pitch.”
    Kinda funny to read that after he’s tossed 2 batters into the game for Kremer.

  6. lurch

    June 14, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Severino missed another catchable ball in the 6th inning. Why, why,why do we keep on playing him? How much had pitchers ERA increased because of all his not caught pitches?

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      June 14, 2021 at 10:14 pm

      I thnk it has something to do with his pay check being one of the larger on the team.

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 14, 2021 at 10:20 pm

      Entering tonight’s game, pitchers had a 4.66 ERA when throwing to Severino, a 5.64 ERA when throwing to Sisco and a 6.11 ERA when throwing to Wynns.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        June 15, 2021 at 8:41 am

        And when he’s catching 3 quarters of all games played, that number is no doubt skewed, one way or the other. Not a fair comparison mathmatically speaking.

      • OriolesNumber1Fan

        June 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm

        Hey Rich – At least the Orioles are not paying 160 plus million for Team Tank Duquette like in 2018! Someone said once before you get what you pay for. Well certainly not in 2018!!! Lol

    • Birdman

      June 14, 2021 at 10:27 pm

      I suspect the Orioles ERA has a lot more to do with the fact that the Orioles have given up the most home runs in MLB, than it does with Severino’s passed balls.

      • Rich Dubroff

        June 14, 2021 at 11:07 pm

        To be clear, runs that score because of passed balls are not earned runs. Wild pitches are.

  7. Massmonster

    June 14, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Mancini has not been the same since he was hit in the elbow a couple weeks back

    • Hallbe62

      June 14, 2021 at 11:23 pm

      He was frozen solid on that 12 – 6 curveball in the 8th. Definitely a strike. He should’ve pulled the trigger.

  8. dlgruber1

    June 14, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    First Mullins shows drastic improvement in his hitting, then he adds some serious pop with 9 bombs already now it appears he’s starting to really learn the art of base stealing. I remember at the start of the season I believe he was thrown out as often as he was successful but lately he’s had much better success. The guy has improved every facet of his game dramatically. He was already stellar defensively. I mean, I half expect to see him start throwing the ball like Clemente out there. If he doesn’t make the All Star team this year then they shouldn’t bother having the game.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      June 15, 2021 at 8:42 am

      After pulling it from Atlanta, they shouldn’t bother having the game.

      Drink Pepsi

    • Icterus fan

      June 15, 2021 at 9:18 am

      I’m not even sure I’ll watch the ASG, but if I don’t, it won’t be based on cancel this or protest that.
      Instead of watching something focused on gold chains, 450’ home runs, Twitter responses and “dramatic” bat flips, maybe I’ll watch reruns of some classic All Star Games of years past. Seems like in the recent past, the play on the field used to hold more significance than the ballyhoo.

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