On this day in 1970, the last day before the All-Star break, the Orioles split a double header with the Detroit Tigers. The Birds dropped game one 7-3 but came back to win game two 13-3. The team enters the break with a 54-33 record.
Dave McNally (12-6) was shelled in the first game: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 1 K, 3 HR allowed). The Orioles were held to 6 hits with Davey Johnson going 2 for 4 with 1 run scored.
Game two started much like game one did. Starter Tom Phoebus lasted 2.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1. Dick Hall relieved Phoebus and recorded the win with his 6.1 inning effort. Hall allowed 1 hit and 1 walk in his appearance.
Boog Powell, Elrod Hendricks and Merv Rettenmund all homered for the Orioles. Rettenmund went 4 for 5 with 2 2B, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Powell went 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI. Hendricks went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Brooks Robinson contributed a 3 for 4 with 1 2B and 1 run scored effort as well.
On this day in 1970 the Orioles defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-5. Mike Cuellar improved to 11-5 on the year with a 7.0 inning effort in which he allowed 5 runs on 8 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2.
Cuellar helped himself out by going 3 for 4 with a homerun (his second), 1 run scored and 2 RBI. Homeruns by Elrod Hendricks (1 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI) and Terry Crowley (1 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI) accounted for the rest of the Orioles run total.
Bill Freehan came up big for the Tigers: 3 for 3, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 runs scored and 1 RBI.
Variations in value on players almost don't matter if they're talented enough, because salaries are pro-rated. The short season makes wacky things like us signing Puig for a $4 million (after the pro rata adjustment) deal plausible. That wouldn't be worth it at all if we had to pay for a full season. But because of the built-in discount due to the 60 game season, a player would have to be massively overvalued for him to not make sense.
edit to add: I think that most years we can assume that we'd get back at least a 45 FV prospect for a player like Puig, but this is not most years. We don't really know if the teams will take this season seriously and offer the same level prospects for him as they would other years. So there are definitely some unknowns and risk. But to me it seems like a relatively low-risk, high-reward strategy to sign as many talented players looking for 1 year deals as you can, securing a massive discount because of the shortened season, and then trade them for prospects