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Series beginning
06/27/2022

Baltimore Orioles

The Mariners took two of three form the Orioles when they faced each other in Charm City a few weeks back, with rookie George Kirby getting his first big-league win in a 10-0 drubbing Seattle pasted on the birds. The Orioles are 12-9 since that series, a pretty good showing for a club that was expected to be among the worst in the Majors this year.

That said, they're still a weak team, batting-wise; Aside from likely All-Star Austin Hays and 1B/DH Trey Mancini, none of the O's are getting it done at the plate. Ryan Mountcastle has a decent batting average at .271, but his on-base mark is barely .300 and nobody else is hitting his weight. Where they are strong in in the bullpen—Baltimore's relief corps boasts an unreal closer in José López (0.75 ERA, 0.806 WHIP, 13 saves, 36 Ks in 36 IP) as well as impressive efforts from Felix Bautista, left-hander Cionel Pérez, and Dillon Tate, among others. Best to get runs off the starters and build up a cushion.

2022 Record: 34-40 (.459), 5th in AL East.

Last Series: Took three of four from the White Sox in Chicago.

Most interesting players: Standout defender Cedric Mullins was an All-Star and Silver Slugger winner in 2021. Despite a relatively poor showing so far this year, don't underestimate him. If he gets aboard, keep an eye on him—he has 16 steals already, 3rd in the AL behind Julio Rodríguez and fellow Oriole Jorge Mateo. Trey Mancini missed a year battling cancer, but returned in 2021; it took a while for him to get back up to speed, but he's back in top form at age 30.

Pitching matchups: Monday: George Kirby vs. Tyler Wells—rookie Kirby beat Baltimore for his first win, throwing six shutout innings May 31st Wells has never face the Mariners, but has had a good year and is riding a personal three-game winning streak. Tuesday: Robbie Ray vs. Dean Kremer—Ray has been riding high for his last three starts, looking far more like the defending Cy Young winner he is than the mediocre producer he was early in the season. Kremer had a lousy year as a rookie in 2021 but is doing quite well here in ’22, though it is just four starts (2-1, 1.71 ERA); the last time he gave up a run was three starts ago in Kansas City, a game the O's won 10-7. Wednesday: Chris Flexen vs. Austin Voth—Flex Mentallo faced the O's June 2nd and got a no-decision in a 7-6 Mariner win; Voth had been DFA'd by the Nationals early this month after a brutal stretch in which he allowed 15 runs in five innings and was picked up by the Orioles; mostly a reliever since last season, the right-hander has made two starts for Baltimore though they were brief, lasting just three innings.

Splits

Last ten 7-3
Away 16-23
vs. LHP 13-13
vs. RHP 21-27
One-run games 10-13
vs. AL West 4-6
vs. Mariners 1-2

Who’s Hot & Not

Last ten games

Ryan Mountcastle
.293/.326/.390, 4 2B, 4 RBI

Cedric Mullins
.317/.326/.366, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Anthiny Santander
.282/.333/.590, 4 HR, 6 RBI

Tyler Nevin
.100/.263/.133, 9 Ks

Rougned "Stinky" Odor
.111/.167/.296, 7 Ks

Trey Mancini
.205/.311/.359, 15 Ks

Last 3 series vs. Seattle

6/2/22 SEA 7, BAL 6
6/1/22 BAL 9, SEA 2
5/31/22 SEA 10, BAL 0
5/5/21 BAL 6, SEA 0
5/4/21 SEA 5, BAL 2
5/3/21 BAL 5, SEA 3
4/15/21 SEA 2, BAL 1
4/15/21 SEA 4, BAL 2
4/13/21 BAL 7, SEA 6
4/13/21 SEA 4, BAL 3

Manager

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Brandon Hyde: Now in his fourth year as Baltimore's manager, Hyde would make Earl Weaver proud in that Hyde uses small-ball tactics even less than the late Oriole legend did. On the other hand, he's won a lot fewer games. He did manage the Southern League (Class-AA) Jacksonville Suns to a championship in 2009, but in the bigs he's had nothing but losers (unless you count his year as Cubs first-base coach in 2018).

When asked if he saw an end point for the Orioles' rebuilding effort, he declined to give any kind of timeline. "I know that it takes a while," he said. "It takes time, and it takes drafts, and it takes international signings, and it takes trades for younger players who then have to get there. I’m fully aware of that." It also takes at least some kind of stability in the upper management area, and with Baltimore's in a kind of minimalist holding pattern, "a while" might continue for years to come for Hyde and the O's.

Familiar Face

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Anthony Sanders: Longtime Mariner fans might remember the Orioles' first-base coach from his brief tenure in Seattle in 2000-2001. A star for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers in 2000, Sanders only managed to get into nine games for the M's in ’01 (3-for-17), but given the nature of that team, it kind of figures. He asked to be released in mid-2001 and went to Japan, finishing out the season with the Yokohama BayStars, but didn't hack it over there either and came back to this side of the Pacific. He moved around Triple-A after that, playing for four different organizations before splitting 2006 between the Mexican League and the independent Atlantic League as a last gasp of playing professionally. He was hired by the Rockies to be the hitting coach for their Class-A team in the New York-Penn league the next year and then manager of their Rookie-level Pioneer League team some years after that. He got back to the big leagues as a coach with the Orioles in 2019.

Franchise History

Baltimore Orioles(1954 - present)
 
World Champions:1966, 1970, 1983
League Champions:1944, 1969, 1971, 1979
Division Titles:1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1983, 1997, 2014

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