I don’t think that’s a significant sample to impact decision making. He has also generally DH’d against LHP and, outside of last season, has been stronger against LHP in his professional and college career. It’s more likely driven by that then by any potential benefits from DHing.
In fact, IIRC research suggests that there’s a “penalty” to DHing and over sufficient samples players generally hit better when they play in the field.
The choice is basically McCann vs. Mullins against LHP. McCann may be a better hitter against LHP, but the difference in defense by playing Hicks in CF instead of Mullins is dramatic.
Starting McCann also creates a headache when you inevitably want to pinch hit for him later. You need to then put in Adley and lose the DH, and hope that Adley doesn’t suffer any injury that would require he leave the game.
Altogether I’d be surprised to see McCann starting in a playoff game, but it’s not out of the question.
I think it’s been overlooked how good and deep the Orioles’ left handed relievers are. Most teams with good bullpens generally will have one lefty out there on the level of Coulombe, Perez and Hall, and at most two. Even the great Orioles bullpens of past years didn’t have 3 quality lefty relievers like this. That’s a huge strength.
Pair that with the strength of the Orioles’ righty starters and the Orioles are really well situated for any matchup.
Mountcastle being back to pick up for O'Hearn if he can't shake his first slump of an amazing season is a big plus.
But I'm worried that the days off can just as well have the opposite effect--I still remember the juggernaut Rockies team of 2007 getting swept after they waited around for the AL championship to be decided. Or last season's 111-51 Dodgers team losing to the over-performing Padres (final regular season Dodgers game: Oct. 5th, first playoff game: Oct. 11th). I wonder what regimen LA will follow this season.
The Oriole braintrust and coaches have done such a wonderful job, I hope they have some secret to keeping the team ready for the postseason battles despite the bye week off. Dodgers and Braves must have also figured out a plan.
If any combination of Irvin, Flaherty, Fuji, Baumann with the locks of Gibson, Webb, Wells, Hall, Coulombe, Cano, Perez are all in the bullpen im not sure we need 13 pitchers.
Is 3 long men really needed(Gibson/Irvin/Flaherty) with days off? Hall/Wells can go more than 1. No doubt Kremer would be the one who could turn it up out of the BP opposed to Gibson BUT if Kremer can give you a start of 5 good innings as a 4th starter thats hard to pass on. -- Hyde wants to play matchups like crazy of late so i do think they'll take 13. O's love close games, old extra inning rules could be a factor in need for more length.
Mullins too. Seems like only Adley has been fairly hot lately. Hopefully Mountcastle's double tonight will get things going for everyone else. Fingers crossed the several days off they'll get next week will help reenergize things.
I got through the gate at 5, was in line 4:45ish? And got a hoodie. It was pretty packed. Think some people just went for the hoodie though and then left early.
it was a different vibe at the ballpark, totally full, but people were just chilling and having fun, not really paying attention to the game, since the game itself didn’t mean much