Each Monday, in this spot, I’ll try to give you a 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.
1. Thank goodness for the rain!
Yeah, I said it, thank goodness for the rain. At least the Birds didn’t lose seven games with the two rainouts this week. It has been a frustrating season, but this may have been the pinnacle. A three game series sweep by the Nationals in which the team scored two total runs, followed by a shortened two game set with the Yankees that was bookended by two rainouts over the weekend. The club mustered just eight runs over the five game set and wasted three more quality starts by Bundy, Hess, and Cashner. For those of you keeping score, that’s 26 quality starts, but only 17 wins for the season.
2. Manny/Bryce Parallels
I took in one of the Nationals games this week and remarked to my wife that we were witnessing two of baseball’s best young players in Machado and Harper. That night neither disappointed as Harper led off the game with a homer, and not to be outdone, Machado homered in the bottom of the first. Going into the series the two superstars were statistically in a dead heat in key statistics, let’s look:
Games: Harper 821, Machado 819
Batting Average: Harper .282, Machado .282
Home Runs: Harper 167, Machado 154
RBI: Harper 460, Machado: 451
For my money, I’d still take Machado over Harper, given that Manny plays the tougher position(s). Both will be very wealthy men this offseason.
3. Do you feel a draft?
With the season all but over from a competitive standpoint, as fans we can at least look forward to the future. MLB’s amateur draft commences on Monday and runs through the 6th of June. With much of the Orioles future in disarray – we’re not sure who will even be managing this draft – it will be an interesting peek into the future. Much has been made about the Orioles poor drafting and minor league system, but contributing every day players include Machado, Schoop, Givens, Hess, Mancini, Bundy, Gausman and Britton. Look for the Orioles to continue to focus on pitching, likely looking at college pitchers, presumably just a year or two away from making contributions at the Major League level. Stetson right handed pitcher Logan Gilbert is a name that keeps coming up.
4. Britton’s return
Reports are that Orioles closer Zach Britton will return to the majors on or about June 15. If healthy, Britton would likely be a trade candidate given that the Orioles have no real need for a closer. The Houston Astros, a potential trade partner for Britton the last two seasons, could emerge again as a trade partner. The defending champs are still among baseball’s best teams and if healthy, Britton could be the missing piece to defending their title.
5. Let’s Go CAPS!
Evgeny Kuznetsov gives the Caps the 2-0 lead, finding a hole through MAF's body. pic.twitter.com/LnsxB30Hf6
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) June 3, 2018
Thanks again to the boys at “What the Puck” who helped make me a Washington Capitals fan. In this grey and abysmal spring – both weather-wise and Orioles-wise – the Capitals have been something that has helped me forget my Orioles woes. Now up two games to one on the surprising Vegas Golden Knights the Capitals have provided a much needed diversion to a disaster of a season. WILSON!!!
After a day off Monday, the Birds head to Citi Field to take on the Mets for a brief two game set, followed by four games in Toronto.
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