Although Mychal Givens’ past four outings have ended in saves, three of them of at least four outs, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has emphasized this week that Givens’ responsibility is not the ninth inning, but the game’s biggest outs.
Mychal Givens isn't getting a bunch of saves because he's not playing the traditional closer role, but he's the guy that manager Brandon Hyde brings on in "high-leverage" situations and he has delivered.
Monday night's 12-4 win over the Oakland Athletics, in manager Brandon Hyde's mind, was the proper response to a sweep, one in which the Orioles defended well, ran like mad and collected 15 hits to pull back to .500 at 5-5.
The Orioles did so much that defined what made them successful on the road in their home opener Thursday at Camden Yards, but the shaky bullpen didn't execute its part in an 8-4 loss to the New York Yankees.
If there's anything worth taking away from the Orioles' series win in New York to start the season, it's not how often they'll be able to replicate it, but that they're unburdened from anything but that day's game and can actually enjoy it.
Before the opener was a popular modern baseball concept, Mike Wright would have just started Saturday's 5-3 Orioles win over the Yankees. Brandon Hyde's first major league win came where the modern tactics being thrust upon him intersected with the trust he's granted his team.
On a day when manager Brandon Hyde spoke pregame about how in-game decisions regarding whether starting pitchers would get to face a batting order a third time when they're statistically shown to be more vulnerable, Andrew Cashner dazzled.
Austin Hays had a three-run double as the Orioles scored a bunch of runs early to take a big lead over the Yankees, who would later rally to win the Grapefruit League game at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
With Richie Martin and Drew Jackson lined up beside each other on the infield for the first Orioles road game of the spring, manager Brandon Hyde said he had a good impression of the two Rule 5 players.
New executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias bantered with relievers Mychal Givens and Richard Bleier for long after their teammates left, an exchange that in Bleier's mind is a vital piece to helping the Orioles' long, daunting road back to winning begin smoothly.
The Orioles are offering lunch with Trey Mancini and Mychal Givens at a Baltimore-area restaurant as part of the 2018 Winter Meetings Auction, with proceeds benefiting the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter led the Orioles to success as part of a wave taking over the game that emphasize bullpen usage and defense. That the rest of the league caught up and passed them on that front doesn't take away from the success it brought.