Hyde's pre-game comments today sort of suggested to me that he may not be the biggest fan of having Akin up here.
“I wanted to try to get him in the correct situation, try to take care of him the best I possibly could,” Hyde said. “It hasn’t happened yet and we’ve been playing well, we’ve had the lead and I’ve wanted to use other people right now. This is the big leagues and we’re trying to win games and so when I feel like it’s his time to pitch, that will be the time.
Not exactly a ringing endorsement right there. Regardless, the way they have treated Akin with this call-up seems very out of the ordinary compared to how they are handling other prospects.
Regarding Sisco re: Tony's take - It seems easy to me, that Sisco can get plenty of plate appearances as a left handed C/1B/DH that gives Severino (R), Nunez (R), and eventually Mountcastle (R) and Rutschman (S) days off. The backup catcher doesn't have to be a defensive specialist if the primary catcher is good (ie Rutschman), and even so, the Orioles can carry three C if need be.
I guess they only showed it in the Phillies game, but I watched the 10 inning game on MLB network (day after as it got too late for me) and McCutchen was finding "kids" in the cutout sections and throwing them foul balls. Also the Fanatic was in a section failing miserably to energize the fans. Wasn't a fan before the Phillies series of the cutouts, but now knowing they go to charity and just seeing what some of the teams are doing (I think a few South Park characters were in Colorado the other day on ESPN when I was working out), its funny.