Reporting Mark Zinno
Dan Connolly, columnist from the Baltimore Sun who covers the Orioles, joined Zinno to discuss the current state of the team.
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With the starting pitching being shaky, the Orioles will have to turn to other options, including Tsuyoshi Wada, who made his first start in Triple-A on Thursday. “His numbers weren’t particularly great. He’s exceptionally rusty. He had Tommy John surgery last year,” said Connolly.
The conversation went to the line-up and who is hot and who is not. Nate McLouth is not hot struggling since the beginning of May. Connolly said, “It’s always a concern when guys are not hitting. It goes back and forth. I did not like the fact that they were not starting him all the time. It got him out of his rhythm.” Manny Machado is very hot. “He’s had three hits or more in four of the last five games. His defense is great. His attitude is great. He’s in a really good spot,” Connolly remarked.
Finally, Zinno calls Connolly his favorite argument of the week and that argument was whether or not to trade prospect Dylan Bundy. “I don’t think it’s logical right now because no one is going to be trading for a guy who is hurt and can’t pick up a ball for six weeks,” Connolly said. Zinno said he thinks we over-value prospects and they should be traded for their highest value. “I think there are only two guys who can get you a top-shelf guy for the stretch run and that’s Bundy and (Kevin) Gausman. The problem is any time you project a young pitcher, you really don’t know what you are going to get,” said Connolly.