The Orioles fan party was briefly interrupted. After getting good vibes from the team that won five of six and seven of their last 10 games, the O’s turned against the Cardinals on Wednesday night, losing 10-1. Check out Tyler Young’s recap for the not-so-nice totals.
Losses like last night leave me cold because they confirm my fear that the Orioles pitching staff were overperforming, and they also confirm my fear that the Orioles offense is about what we saw in during the first month of the season. It won’t be a winning formula, or even a “win over 62 games” formula, if that’s how things stay. Time will tell if last night was more of an aberration, or if the previous ten games were.
All is not gloomy, even after the defeat last night. You can always tell yourself a story about the improvement that will come on the list of Orioles. I’m still convinced, even though there’s been official silence on the matter, that Adley Rutschman’s train will figuratively arrive at the Baltimore station in four or eight days. This should mark an immediate improvement on one of the largest black holes in the Orioles lineup.
Maybe we shouldn’t put that expectation on Rutschman and let the experiment happen. While it’s disappointing that Rutschman couldn’t join the other top MLB prospects who made the opening day rosters — Julio Rodriguez, Spencer Torkelson and Bobby Witt — all three of those guys didn’t. not yet matched the hype. Torkelson, taken at No. 1 the year after Rutschman, is only OPSing .531. Witt sits with a .572 OPS, while Rodriguez is just one OK-in-2022 .657 OPS.
It has been difficult for this caliber of perspective to adapt. Will the three weeks that Rutschman will have spent in the miners – if he is called up next week, as we all hope and many of us now believe – be enough to ward off this misfortune? I do not know! As you know if you’ve been reading Camden Chat for a long time there’s a part of my brain that’s always sure that Rutschman will end up in the “good player but not living up to the hype” tier as the latest switch hype prospect shot catcher in these regions, Matt Wieters.
Those are issues for next week or later, anyway. For today, the Orioles will look to pick up a series win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1:15 finale of their three-game series. A complicating factor is that, as of this writing, it’s still unclear who the Orioles’ starting pitcher will be for the game, and in the meantime, the O hitters will face hard-throwing Jordan Hicks.
The Orioles are now 13-18 years old. In 31 games last year, they were 15-16, as close to .500 as they got for the rest of the season because they went 2-21 for the rest of May. The 2022 team is currently on course to finish 68-94 – still pretty bad baseball, but that would look like a huge improvement after everything we’ve seen after Opening Day 2018. There are eight teams with records worse than O’s right now. Win today and it will be a pace of 71 wins. Lose and they’ll be on a 66-game winning streak.
Around the blogO’sphere
Mountcastle scratched from the roster with wrist pain (School of Roch)
Ryan Mountcastle was in the lineup yesterday, then not in the lineup yesterday, due to persistent wrist pain. I’m worried, but I hope he gets better soon. In the meantime, the Orioles have asked infielders Rylan Bannon and Richie Martin to join the taxi crew for the rest of the road trip.
ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel explains why Druw Jones is the top 2022 MLB Draft prospect (Press Box)
Three drafts from the Orioles in his tenure, Mike Elias has yet to take a high school player with his first selection. Is it random noise or a pattern? Druw Jones, son of Andruw, currently widely regarded as the No. 1 prospect in the draft, will put that to the test in a few months.
The new play-by-play voice of O following the lineage of the greats (Orioles.com)
I never tire of content from Adley Rutschman and Grayson Rodriguez, and in a totally different way, I never tire of content from Kevin Brown.
The best Baltimore Orioles players ranked 50 to 1 (Herald Mail)
I’m not entirely sure what this post is about or why it cares about WAR’s Top 50 Orioles, but there wasn’t much new to say today, so here we are. Compare and contrast the Camden Chat Top 50 Greatest Orioles of All Time from two years ago.
And then there’s this bad news…
Right-hander Kyle Brnovich had successful Tommy John surgery on his right elbow today in Dallas, with Dr. Keith Meister operating, the Orioles announce
—Andy Kostka (@afkostka) May 12, 2022
Brnovich, part of the Dylan Bundy trade, pitched just two games for Triple-A Norfolk this year before being sidelined with a forearm injury. The need for Tommy John had been suspected but not announced until now. The 24-year-old right-hander will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft after this season.
Orioles birthdays and anniversaries
The Orioles’ most recent victory that day dates back “only” to three years. The 2019 O’s beat the Angels, 5-1, to avoid a sweep. John Means allowed just one run through six innings to lower his season ERA to 2.33. The O hitters hit four home runs in the game, including one by, if you can believe it, Chris Davis, his 5th of 12 home runs that year. After the victory, the 2019 team was 14-26.
There are a few former Orioles who were born on this day. They are: 2014 reliever Evan Meek, 1995 outfielder Kevin Bass and 1982-85 receiver Joe Nolan. Today is Nolan’s 71st birthday, so an extra happy birthday to him.
Is it your birthday today? Happy Birthday to You! Your birthday friends for today include: nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale (1820), composer Gabriel Fauré (1845), actress Katharine Hepburn (1907), Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra (1925), comedian George Carlin (1937) and skateboarder Tony Hawk (1968).
On this day in history…
In 907, Emperor Ai of China’s Tang dynasty was forced to abdicate by warlord Zhu Wen, ending a period of dynastic rule dating back to 618. Zhu Wen proclaiming himself emperor launched a period of l Chinese history known as the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms era. Wen died five years later, and his dynasty founded Later Liang was wiped out in 923 by Later Tang.
In 1863, the US Army defeated a traitorous rebel force at the Battle of Raymond. The victory inside the Mississippi set up General Ulysses Grant’s advance on the beleaguered river port of Vicksburg, which surrendered less than two months later.
In 1932, baby Lindbergh was found, dead, a few miles from Charles Lindbergh’s home in New Jersey. The baby, Charles Jr., had been abducted ten weeks earlier. Two years later, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested for the crime. He maintained his innocence until his execution in 1936.
In 1949, the Soviet Union lifted its blockade of the city of Berlin after almost a full year. American and British aircraft flew more than 250,000 missions to ensure supplies to West Berlin during the blockade.
And that’s how it is at Birdland on May 12. Have a safe Thursday. Go O’s!