The Baltimore Orioles’ offense is sputtering, and that can’t be very comforting to Wei-Yin Chen.
The AL East-leading Orioles (55-44) have a major league-best 122 home runs, and they’ve used the long ball and solid pitching to claim back-to-back 4-2 victories in the first two of this three-game set.
After the homerun derby, there was not a huge change in the second half of the season, especially not for Adam Jones who has been shining for the Orioles recently. Machado is also getting back in the swing of things again. Davis is not the hitter who he was last year but when the O’s need him, he seems to come through. Unlike the Tampa Bay Rays who had less than 9% to make it to the post season, the Orioles have a 61% chance, that is pretty high for the O’s.
Against all logic, the Baltimore Orioles stand alone atop the AL East at the All-Star break for the first time since 1997.
Manny Machado led off the 10th inning with a double and scored on a one-out single by Nick Hundley, giving the surging Baltimore Orioles a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
Casey Stern of MLB Network Radio joined Glenn and Bob on Sports Rehab to take a trip around Major League Baseball as the All-Star Break approaches.
Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.52 ERA) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (8-3, 4.12 ERA). First pitch is at 7:05PM.
A top prospect, Addison Russell, a young 20 year old short stop plays for the Chicago Cubs is apparently
one of the best according to Keith Law. Of course, he is a great short stop, has a nice swing, and has a good approach at the plate. The Cubs have some moving around with the amount of infielders that they have.
Brittany Ghiroli joined Ed and Ken to talk about the extra innings win for the Orioles in DC.
Scott asked for a “letter grade” from last nights game. The first half, Kubatko gave the Birds a strong C+. They only had one quality start in the past couple games. The O’s are starting to look like a last place team, Kubatko said, if that is the case then he would give the O’s a solid A-. It is time for the Orioles to step up their game a little bit.
On Monday, Major League Baseball upheld the five-game suspension they originally handed Manny Machado.
Nick Martinez (1-5, 4.65 ERA) vs. T.J. McFarland (0-1, 2.70 ERA). First pitch is 7:05PM.