Each Monday, in this spot, I’ll try to give you fan’s look at what transpired with our Birds the past week and what lies ahead for the club. My only promise is that the piece will be totally biased and from a real fan, so here it goes.
Short week for the Orioles with just five games and two off days. They managed to go 2-3 and had one of their best pitching efforts of the year this past Saturday.
1. That’s the Cobb we were expecting
I have to admit, when the Orioles signed free agent pitcher way back on March 21, I felt he was the guy who would lead the club to a wild card appearance in 2018. Boy, oh boy was I wrong. That said, after a slow start which was likely brought on by missing nearly all of spring training, Cobb has become a very competent edition to the starting rotation. On Saturday, Cobb tossed his first complete game since 2013 limiting the AL Central leading Cleveland Indians to just two runs on five hits in the heat of a pennant race for the tribe. While Cobb’s ERA was a robust 6.41 prior to the All Star Break, he has pitched to a 2.03 ERA since the break. Had Cobb had a full spring training under his belt I think we would have seen a more typical Cobb season. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Cobb, moving forward as the Orioles are in a complete rebuild and 31 year old pitchers typically don’t fit into that schematic.
2. Hot Start for Cedric
After making his MLB debut last week, Cedric Mullins continues to impress at the big league level. Despite getting picked off in the first inning by Mike Clevinger (who doesn’t get picked off by Clevinger) Mullins has continued his hot start. Mullins is slashing .357/.419/.607 through eight games belting his first MLB home run this past Saturday. In all he has 17 total bases and has added an element to the Orioles lineup that has long been missing — speed. Perhaps more impressive than Mullins home run Saturday was his drag bunt for a base hit that very same game. Yes, I said an Oriole had a drag bunt for a base hit, you did not read that wrong.
3. We LOVE New York
This week the Orioles wrapped up their season series with the New York Mets splitting a two game set at Camden Yards For the season series the Orioles went 3-1 versus the Mets. Combine that with the club’s 6-6 record with the New York Yankees and the Orioles enjoy a 9-7 record against teams from the Empire State. Pretty remarkable when you consider their dismal overall record of 37-87.
No, not the footballer from Brazil, but the O’s third sacker from Venezula who has had him self a nice start to the 2018 season, himself. The 24 year old Renato Nunez has appeared in 21 games for the Orioles, hitting .295 (23-for-78) with nine doubles and a home run since his call up from Norfolk on July 20th.
5. Obligatory Victor Victor mention
2016-2017 🔥 pic.twitter.com/p2bAUqQS8Z
— Victor Victor Mesa (@victorvmesa) August 16, 2018
While Cuban phenom Victor Victor Mesa had a busy week on Twitter – imploring his followers to follow his younger brother Victor Mesa Rios and demonstrating his brawn doing the “tire flip” workout, there is little noteworthy baseball news to report on him. While it’s widely reported the Orioles have interest in one or perhaps both Mesas, there has been little news or updates. I promise I’ll not talk about Victor Victor next week if the news remains the same.
After just five games last week, the schedule is pretty full this week. The Birds travel to Toronto for three games, followed by a four game set at home versus the Yankees, who suddenly find themselves fighting to host the wild card game despite having the second best record in MLB.