Dan Connelly who covers the Oriole’s for the Baltimore Sun joined The Vinny and Rob Show on 105-7 THE FAN Monday afternoon to talk about the birds and their weekend series in Toronto.
The Baltimore Oriole’s spent their weekend getting swept north of the border by the Toronto Blue Jays. The O’s were in both games Friday and Saturday but troubles in the bullpen let the O’s down. Brian Mutusz took the loss Friday night when he left the ninth inning with runners on second and third with two outs. Pedro Strop came on to try and get the final out to head to extra innings but a line drive over the head of JJ Hardy won the game for the Blue Jays. Sunday was a blowout loss that the O’s were never truly in due to a lack of starting pitching. The final score from the Rogers Center was 13-5.
Vinny and Rob raised the question whether or not Wieters needs to be moved in the line up with his on base percentage falling well below .300. Connelly thinks that possibly Hardy could move up in to the sixth spot but he also expressed that Showalter has a tremendous amount of loyalty to his players who have earned their keep. Wieters has been fantastic behind the plate this season throwing out nearly fifty percent of base runners but with his bat fading there could be a move in his regular lineup spot.
Zach Britton takes the hill Monday night at home as the Oriole’s open up a three game series against the Cleveland Indians. Britton had a solid outing last week against a potent Detriot Tigers lineup. Britton went five and third innings allowing five hits, one run, and recording one strike out. Connelly believes that Britton could earn his keep with another good outing and with Wei Yin Chen on his way back from an oblique injury the first week of July Freddy Garcia could see himself as the odd man out if Britton keeps his pace. Garcia lasted just two and two thirds of an inning Sunday.
Tsuyoshi Wada is now in AAA Norfolk and could possibly come up some time in future if his outings go well. Guasman’s first triple A start did not go well after going back down but the O’s do not seem concerned about him. Dylan Bundy makes another progression in his rehab today according to Connelly. Bundy will throw from one hundred twenty feet twenty five times. His next step will be throwing from a half mound.
(Programming Note: Intern Zach wrote and posted this article as part of his internship program with CBS Baltimore. Zach is a Communications & History major at Loyola University Maryland.)