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Sunday afternoon Orioles game thread: at Blue Jays, 1:07

Brandon Hyde is sporting a different lineup today as the Orioles continue searching for solutions.

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The starting pitching has predictably been an utter disaster for the Orioles this season, and with both John Means and Bruce Zimmermann on the shelf, there isn’t much to be excited about. But at least Jorge López is interesting.

López’s 5.68 ERA and 5.18 FIP are not good, and his struggles facing a lineup for the third time in a game are well documented. But he is also striking out nearly a batter per inning, has shown increased velocity, and in general has seemed like a much more viable option on the mound this season when compared to 2020. Now, that does not mean he should be a starter. He probably shouldn’t. But there is enough there to be intrigued about the type of role he could fill on a club with a major league-quality starting rotation.

He will be pitching in front of a slightly revamped Orioles defense in this game. The front office made a flurry of moves on Sunday morning that included promoting Domingo Leyba, Ramón Urías, and Ryan McKenna from Triple-A Norfolk while demoting Konner Wade and Stevie Wilkerson the other way. Freddy Galvis also heads to the 10-day IL with a right quad strain.

At the same time, manager Brandon Hyde is giving off days to Cedric Mullins and Trey Mancini while Anthony Santander spends another day as the DH.

It would be nice to see McKenna get a few starts this time around to see what he can do. Maybe he is a fourth outfielder long term, but it’s not like the O’s couldn’t stand to find out. What is the alternative? We are well aware of what DJ Stewart can do.

Leyba also brings along some intrigue. He was a noteworthy prospect in the Diamondbacks system for years, but has struggled in his brief chances at the big league level. He can provide the sort of versatility that Wilkerson did, but hopefully with a bigger bat.

Orioles’ Starting Lineup

  1. Ryan McKenna, CF
  2. Anthony Santander, DH
  3. Ryan Mountcastle, 1B
  4. DJ Stewart, LF
  5. Austin Hays, RF
  6. Domingo Leyba, 2B
  7. Maikel Franco, 3B
  8. Ramon Urías, SS
  9. Austin Wynns, C

RHP Jorge López (2-9, 5.68 ERA)

Blue Jays Starting Lineup

  1. Marcus Semien, 2B
  2. Bo Bichette, SS
  3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B
  4. Teoscar Hernádez, LF
  5. George Springer, DH
  6. Cavan Biggio, RF
  7. Randal Grichuk, CF
  8. Joe Panik, 3B
  9. Reese McGuire, C

RHP Ross Stripling (2-4, 4.33 ERA)