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.
Fresh off about 50 pitches in the ballpark he used to call home, right-hander Alex Cobb is expected to come off the injured list to start for the Orioles in Friday’s series opener against the Minnesota Twins at Camden Yards, manager Brandon Hyde said Tuesday.
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.
Projecting the Orioles' Opening Day roster after a round of cuts including Austin Hays, Anthony Santander, and Cody Carroll provided plenty of clarity into Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde's reasoning as they build the 25-man roster.
Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo hasn't played in a game all spring, but that's given him unique perspective in getting to face tricky arms like Richard Bleier and Jimmy Yacabonis on the back fields at Ed Smith Stadium.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde discussed the possibility of using an opener the way the Tampa Bay Rays did, with plenty to weigh in terms of the team's ultimate ambitions this season and the staff they can put together before making that decision.
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.
For all the turnover the Orioles bullpen experienced last summer with their trades of Zack Britton, Brad Brach, and Darren O'Day, things stayed relatively stable this offseason at the back end of the bullpen.
As the Orioles and Showalter part ways at the end of a 115-loss season, players said the manager who oversaw that collapse was the same who led them to three playoff appearances in five years, for better or worse.
The Orioles' insistence on saving the likes of Mychal Givens, Richard Bleier and Brad Brach for protecting leads in the absence of Zach Britton and Darren O'Day only goes to show how difficult things have been around them.