Syndergaard is no Stroman, but he could make a comeback and will obviously be much cheaper and therefore much more realistic - especially considering Stroman is a NYer, and the Mets undoubtedly want him back. Noah is scheduled to make his MLB comeback tonight - probably just an inning - from the UCL tear - so he's basically missed 2 years - but he did pitch 197 innings the year before. High risk but high reward. Just turned 29, but the hair may be past its prime.
Gametime: 7:05 pm
Forecast: mid 70s, there have been on and off light showers during the day and there could be a few tonight, but very minor
Roster Move: Bruce Zimmermann is coming off the 60 day IL to start. Corresponding roster move has yet to be announced.
Matchup: Chris Sale (L) vs Bruce Zimmermann (L)
1. Enrique Hernandez (R) CF
2. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
3. Rafael Devers (L) 3B
4. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
5. J.D. Martinez (R) DH
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
7. Bobby Dalbec (R) 1B
8. Jose Iglesias (R) 2B
9. Christian Vazquez (R) C
Fernando Abad* 1.0 IP, 20p Sunday; 1.1 IP, 11p Friday
Marcos Diplan 2.0 IP, 35p Saturday
Thomas Eshelman 1.0 IP, 13p Sunday
Conner Greene 0.2 IP, 15p Sunday; 0.1 IP, 18p Friday
Eric Hanhold 1.1 IP, 23p Sunday; 0.2 IP, 14p Friday
Joey Krehbiel 1.2 IP, 30p Saturday; 0.2 IP, 9p Friday
Brooks Kriske 1.0 IP, 13p Saturday
Cole Sulser 0.2 IP, 9p Friday; 1.2 IP, 22p Thursday
Dillon Tate 1.1 IP, 22p Saturday; 0.1 IP, 11p Friday
Konner Wade recalled from Norfolk Friday
Spenser Watkins recalled from Norfolk Saturday
Current Rotation (T=Today, A=Announced, G=Guess)
Zimmermann (T), Lowther (A), A. Wells (A), Ellis (G), Means (G)
I hate it too…but I think Stroman could be an exception to the rule because of how he pitches. I worry less about him wearing down vs a power arm.
But we aren’t going to sign the perfect player. FA doesn’t allow for that. At some point, risks have to be taken. It’s just a matter of mitigating the risks as much as possible.
I listen to a few podcasts and I think the O's have gone to great lengths to teach good swing decisions. Swinging at a low/away slider on the first pitch of an AB might be a bad swing decision in their eyes even if it's a strike.
That approach will lead to better contact, but also deeper counts and thus more k's and walks. I think we view the k rate as the tradeoff to better contact when we actually swing, so I would expect it to be relatively high.
It is strange. Cedric is only 19th in the AL in runs scored (but just 3 runs behind number 13). Even more surprising: Cedric leads the league with 99 hits with no outs, 10 more than Altuve, who's in second place. You would think lots of no-out hits would lead to lots of runs, but it obviously depends on the guys batting after you,
I wouldn't look so much at the OBP of hitters after Cedric since getting on base without a hit usually won't drive a runner in. I would guess that their BAs and SLGs are more important. The Orioles' 2 through 5 hitters have been really bad in both slugging and batting average:
Batting second: .217 in BA (15th in the AL), .403 in slugging (9th in the AL)
Batting third: .253 (9th), .419 (11th)
Batting fourth: .242 (12th), .422 (13th)
Batting fifth: 12th (.228), .385 (13th)
The Orioles' second through fifth hitters rank 8th, 12th, 14th and 12th in the AL in RBIs. That seems to fit Cedric's surprisingly low runs-scored total: the guys following him haven't been very good at driving in Cedric, each other or anyone else.
Cedric's low RBI total doesn't surprise me when you look at how bad the hitters before Cedric -- that is, the bottom of the batting order -- have been at getting on base and giving him RBI opportunities.
Batting seventh: .283 in OBP (13th in the AL)
Batting eighth: .244 in OBP (15th, last by 23 points)
Batting ninth: .283 in OBP (13th)
Something I didn't really expect when I looked at these numbers: they remind me that, other than Cedric, Mountcastle among rookies (though he shouldn't qualify, IMO), and maybe Hays, the Orioles' offense has been really bad compared to the rest of the league. Expecting a year of growth and the advent of Rutschman to lead to a large upgrade next year is delusional.