If you want to watch the Orioles on MASN, tonight is your last chance until Opening Day. Though the O’s have six more Grapefruit League games to play after today, none will be televised locally. Tonight’s game also rates an Orioles Radio Network broadcast, probably because they’re playing the Red Sox.
I don’t think that we’re at the Opening Day lineup quite yet, but this one is again looking pretty far along the way to figuring it out:
- Cedric Mullins - CF
- Jonathan Villar - 2B
- Mark Trumbo - DH
- Chris Davis - 1B
- Trey Mancini - LF
- Rio Ruiz - 3B
- Jesús Sucre - C
- Richie Martin - SS
- Eric Young Jr. - RF
Dylan Bundy is the starting pitcher. Expected to pitch behind him, in alphabetical order by last name: Pedro Araujo, Richard Bleier, Tanner Scott, Jimmy Yacabonis.
Trumbo has gotten nine plate appearances so far this spring, and he has yet to play in the field. He also hasn’t been playing full games as the designated hitter. If he’s going to play on Opening Day, eight days before seems like a good time to start showing he can do four plate appearances in a game. He hasn’t been expected to do anything other than DH for the rest of spring training.
Bundy is one of those guys where you just have to keep repeating the mantra that spring training results don’t matter, because his results have been bad. In four outings, he’s pitched 11.2 innings and has allowed 14 runs. Much like with Trumbo, with eight days to go I’d just feel better if I didn’t have to keep making excuses for why what’s happening doesn’t matter.