The Orioles have spent most of the little time dedicated to the major league roster this offseason remaking what their infield depth chart looks like, from Rule 5 picks Richie Martin and Drew Jackson to waiver claims Rio Ruiz, Hanser Alberto and Jack Reinheimer.
Orioles catcher Chance Sisco wasn’t available in Monday’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays because of a cut on his chin and possible concussion suffered when a foul tip hit him in the mask Sunday.
Closer Mychal Givens allowed a two-run, walk-off home run to Kansas City Royals leadoff man Whit Merrifield to give the Orioles a 5-4 loss Saturday at Kauffman Stadium, robbing the worst team in baseball of a rare come-from-behind win.
The gulf between where the Orioles are now and where they were — when Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy were winning Gold Glove Awards on the left side and Jonathan Schoop was using one of the game’s strongest infield arms at second base — is vast.
How wide is the gulf between baseball’s worst team, the Orioles, and the best, the visiting Boston Red Sox? So wide that the Red Sox’s 19-12 win Friday night at Camden Yards, which came after the Orioles led by five in the third inning, doesn’t even do it justice.