What's proved to be a year of seismic changes for the Orioles on and off the field still packed in plenty of actual baseball over the required 162 games, even if it might have been nice for them to mercifully end by about halfway through.
Infielder Jean Carlos Encarnacion, 20, acquired from the Atlanta Braves on July 31 for Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day, has hits in six of his first seven games entering Saturday since he joined the Shorebirds.
In the second half of July, the Orioles jettisoned All-Star shortstop Manny Machado, closer Zach Britton, reliever Brad Brach, starter Kevin Gausman, eighth inning set-up man Darren O'Day and second baseman Jonathan Schoop. A look at what sports writers coast to coast had to say on the matter.
It had been obvious for quite some time that the Orioles were going to bail on this season and trade away the veteran nucleus of the team, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that the full magnitude of the long-anticipated rebuild hit home.
Breaking down the Orioles' prospect return from the Atlanta Braves for right-hander Kevin Gausman and Darren O'Day, including Jean Carlos Encarnación, Brett Cumberland, Bruce Zimmermann, and Evan Phillips.
Frustrating as Kevin Gausman’s struggle to turn his top-of-the-rotation stuff into top-of-the-rotation results might be, Saturday’s 11-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays might be the greatest piece of evidence yet that the Orioles’ former top draft pick has made tremendous strides.
Manager Buck Showalter had to wait until Sunday morning to name a starter for the series finale against the Texas Rangers. He also laid out the probable pitchers for the first five games after the All-Star break.
While the focus has been on trading the Orioles' pending free agents before this month's nonwaiver trade deadline, the focus is likely to shift to its top long-term assets, Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.
When Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman didn't see much playing time as a kid, his father Clair motivated him. And Gausman gleaned the same passion for pitching that his dad had being a college football official.
The Orioles found a new way to lose Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre, sinking to a season-worst 25 games below .500 after dropping a 4-3 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays on reliever Mychal Givens’ bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning.