Orioles slugger Chris Davis is a lot like the rebuilding team itself — largely dismissed, more-than-occasionally mocked and with nothing to do but simply go out every night and try and win in the face of it all.
In an Orioles bullpen that has faced plenty of turnover one month into the 2019 campaign, Sunday marked perhaps a record day of change. Excluding the three position players manager Brandon Hyde has sent to the mound, the Orioles have deployed 18 relief pitchers this season, the most in baseball.
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.
After a second straight day of early batting practice, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis appeared in a 10-3 loss to the Athletics as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning, only to fly out to center field for his 57th straight plate appearance without a hit.
Orioles Rule 5 draftee Drew Jackson, designated for assignment last week to clear space on the Orioles’ 25- and 40-man rosters for right-hander Dan Straily, cleared waivers and was returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team announced Wednesday.
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 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.
With an 0-for-4 performance Sunday, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis’ hitless drought dating to last season reached 44 at-bats, two shy of the major league record for a non-pitcher that Eugenio Velez set between the 2010 and 2011 seasons.