With an off-day, the O's would need the help of others in order to gain any ground in the suddenly tightening AL East. Only the currently 1st Place Yankees were in action, playing a double-header in Cleveland. The Tribe managed to split the DH, so the O's, while not gaining any ground also did not lose any ground. So...meh. The Yankees offense is about what one might thought it would be so far this season. Not particularly good. They rank 9th in the AL in runs scored. But they are managing to find their success via strong pitching and defense, having yielded the 3rd fewest runs in the AL. The O's are the polar opposite of the MFY in those rankings: 3rd in Runs Scored in the AL, 9th in Runs Allowed.
A brief two-game series with the Padres kicks off tonight. Andrew Cashner, one of the hardest throwers in the all of baseball takes the bump for the Friars vs. Chris Tillman and the Birds.
Oblique strain likely to force Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen to DL | orioles.com: News
Does anyone actually think this will only be a 15 day injury? Brace yourselves, Birdland.
Roch's Morning Mailbag of Miscellany
The Baseball HOF has been running an exhibit on Scouts recently. And so, a number of old scouthing reports have been getting attention on the intertubes. Here are some brief scouting blurbs of young Arthur Rhodes, Greg Zaun, and Mike Mussina
Disappointed, yet not the least bit surprised, to not see the O's associated with any of these names. Doesn't mean the club won't sign any of them. But it would be nice to hear of the O's making some noise in Latin America for a change.
Today is the birthday of Dennis 'El Presidente' Martinez, as well as Rod 'Father of Nick' Delmonico and injury plagued former prospect Tyler Townsend.