Although the Orioles will start left-hander John Means in place of right-hander David Hess on Monday against the Chicago White Sox, Hess sees his potential use as a reliever for the time being as a chance to make an impact.
The Orioles entered this weekend’s series with the Minnesota Twins with the worst staff ERA in baseball. The team’s young pitching staff is required to put together competitive outings while learning how to, and how not to, pitch in the major leagues throughout them.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde announced Friday that right-hander David Hess would be available out of the bullpen as the team opened a rotation spot for Means, who will pitch during the upcoming series at the Chicago White Sox.
For four innings Monday night at Camden Yards against the Chicago White Sox, it seemed as if Orioles right-hander David Hess had rediscovered whatever he had working for him on the month’s first day in Toronto. The fifth frame, though, looked more like the three weeks since.
The Rays pounded Orioles right-hander Davis Hess in their 8-1 victory Wednesday, striking for six runs in his two-plus innings. Hess faced 13 batters, with 11 putting the ball in play at more than 97 mph.
The Orioles held "Kid's Opening Day" at Oriole Park on Sunday, but the young Orioles were not up to the task of competing with the Yankees. They wilted under a shower of home runs and lost 15-3 as New York swept the series and dropped the O's under .500.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde pulled David Hess while he was in the seventh inning of a no-hit performance, which is never going to be a popular decision, but it's early in the season and Hess wasn't going nine innings regardless.
The Orioles fell behind quickly and never caught up Thursday in a 7-2 Opening Day loss to the New York Yankees — the gulf in 2019 ambitions between the two teams as wide as the gap in the score line before a sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium.
After right-hander Andrew Cashner makes the Orioles' Opening Day start in place of the injured Alex Cobb, the team's reshuffled rotation will feature Nate Karns starting the second game as the "opener" of a bullpen game Saturday in New York.
In lieu of counting major league wins, this week, we’re counting down five players whose performance in the majors this year can go a long way toward judging the first year of the Mike Elias-Brandon Hyde era of Orioles baseball. The fourth on that list is right-hander David Hess.
Dylan Bundy pitched well around two home runs in three innings for the Orioles, but rotation candidate David Hess retired all nine batters he faced in a 9-4 Grapefruit League win over the Minnesota Twins on Monday.
Every February in Sarasota, young pitchers arrive at Orioles camp for spring training with the idea that a big league rotation spot is there to win — until a late-signing free-agent pitcher snatches it up and consigns them to the minors. This year, that isn't expected to be the case.