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.
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.
After the Orioles broke out for eight runs in the seventh inning and put their eventual 15-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays out of reach, the game turned uncomfortable when two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gómez came in to make his pitching debut and couldn’t find the plate.
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.
The pending return of third baseman Tim Beckham could mean the Orioles have a daily lineup headache with too many players — Danny Valencia, Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo, Colby Rasmus and Trey Mancini — for the spots available.
Orioles rookie David Hess, a month into his major league career, has been struck by the amount of information available in the big leagues and plans to use it to improve on the one blemish on his resume, against the Red Sox.