It isn’t easy going to a new team or a new league in the middle of the season, so it’s not particularly surprising that the Orioles who were dealt at or before the nonwaiver trade deadline are — for the most part — still feeling their way around.
Manny Machado was the first to go, so he has the biggest sample size after playing 16 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has done all right, batting .250 with two homers and five RBI in 64 at-bats entering Sunday’s game, but that obviously doesn’t compare with his performance before the deal.
He was batting .315 with 24 homers and 65 RBI before making his debut with the Dodgers on July 20. The Dodgers are 8-8 since he arrived.
Zach Britton has made three appearances for the New York Yankees since he was traded on July 24, all of them in set-up or mop-up situations. He has done OK, allowing one run on three hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings, but everyone in Baltimore knows that Britton is not nearly as dominant in non-save situations as he is when he’s used as a closer.
He hasn’t been particularly relevant so far, which is probably a good thing since the Yankees have slipped backward since the deal. They were 5 ½ games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox when Zach arrived. They’re 8 ½ back now.
Jonathan Schoop has struggled since he jumped to the National League to join the Milwaukee Brewers at the deadline, but it’s very early. He has had 16 at-bats as a Brewer and just got his first hit Saturday.
Obviously, moving to a new league is an adjustment, especially for a young player. Too bad the trade interrupted the huge turnaround he made in July after struggling through the first half.
Brad Brach seems to like his new surroundings. He was struggling badly in July, but has made two set-up appearances for the Atlanta Braves and has not surrendered a run.
Kevin Gausman made his debut in the Braves starting rotation Saturday against the Mets in New York and was on the wrong end of a 3-0 loss. He allowed three runs over five innings.
On the flip side of the fire sale, three of the players who have joined the Orioles out of the 15 players and prospects acquired during the flurry of midseason trades have done very well in their very early appearances.
Veteran infielder Jonathan Villar had five hits in his first nine at-bats after manager Buck Showalter put him at the top of the lineup. He didn’t get a hit Saturday night, but is 5 for 14 (.357) so far. Rookie relievers Cody Carroll and Evan Phillips have combined to make three appearances and pitched four scoreless innings.
Read more from columnist Peter Schmuck on his blog, "The Schmuck Stops Here," at baltimoresun.com/schmuckblog.
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