On Monday night, Manny Machado‘s 14-game hitting streak and 5-game multi-hit streak came to an end. The Orioles third base man went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and moved to 0-for-7 career against Max Scherzer.
Joe Angel was commenting on the radio broadcast the Machado was wearing a compression sleeve on his right arm and wondered if his elbow had been bothering him. He looked overmatched against Scherzer, but, then again, so did the entire Orioles lineup. Machado also committed a rare error in Sunday’s finale against the Boston Red Sox.
I hate to play “injury-speculator”, but I wonder if Machado is slightly bothered by the normal wear and tear of the daily baseball grind. He’s played in all 71 of the Orioles games this season and 51 consecutive in 2012.
Machado is so valuable to the Orioles that it’s hard to imagine finding a replacement for him at third base, even for a day or two. With Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton pitching in games one and two of this series against Scherzer and Justin Verlander, perhaps this would have been a good time to give the kid some rest.