Orioles Fall 5-4 to Phillies as Comeback Attempt Comes up Short

BALTIMORE– The Baltimore Orioles took the field on Thursday night attempting to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies for the first time all season.  Unfortunately, the Orioles couldn’t complete a rally from 5-0 down and ultimately fell 5-4 to the Phillies in the four-game series finale between the two clubs.

Kevin Gausman got the start for the Birds and struggled mightily after back-to-back scoreless innings to start the game. In the third frame, Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro started off what would be a big night for himself with a single. Cesar Hernandez followed that with a single of his own to give the Phillies two runners on with nobody out.

After a Rhys Hoskins pop out, Odubel Herrera reached on an infield single to load the bases for Carlos Santana. Santana delivered a single, scoring Alfaro to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Nick Williams then provided a fielder’s choice, scoring Hernandez to extend the Phillies’ lead to 2-0.

The Phillies (52-40) got back to work in the fourth when Scott Kingery led off the inning with a single. Aaron Altherr was hit by a pitch to give the Phillies two on and nobody out once again. A wild pitch from Gausman moved the runners to second and third for Alfaro, who doubled to deep right, extending the Phillies lead to 4-0.

As the Orioles offense has done so often this season, it remained dormant through five innings. The Phillies struck again in the top of the sixth inning when Alfaro homered to center to make it 5-0 Philadelphia. After back-to-back singles, Gausman’s night was finished after giving up the aforementioned five runs, going only 5.0 innings and giving up a career-high 12 hits.

Paul Fry, Miguel Castro, Tanner Scott, and Brad Brach pitched four innings of scoreless relief out of the Orioles bullpen to keep the Phillies at-bay while the Orioles attempted to mount a comeback.

The Orioles offense picked up their first run of the night in the bottom half of the sixth inning when Manny Machado picked up his 64th RBI of the season with an infield single, scoring Tim Beckham who led off the inning with a double.

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Manny Machado was 2-4 last night for the Orioles. Image Credit: The Runner Sports

The Orioles cut the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh when Trey Mancini connected for his 12th homer of the season. That chased Phillies starter Nick Pivetta, who was strong again for the Phillies. In 6.2 innings, he allowed three runs on five hits with three strikeouts.

The Phillies brought in former Orioles closer Tommy Hunter who was greeted by a solo shot from Jace Peterson on his first pitch to cut the Phillies lead to 5-4. Hunter induced a Beckham ground-out to end the inning.

The Orioles wouldn’t threaten again despite a one-out Machado single in the eighth as Adam Jones flew out and Chris Davis struck out looking to end the inning. The Orioles went quietly in the ninth and took the 5-4 loss.

Gausman (4-7, 4.33 ERA) took the loss for Orioles with Pivetta (6-7, 4.58 ERA) picking up the win for the Phillies. Seranthony Dominguez picked up the save for Phillies as well, his ninth of the season.

The Orioles (26-68) will welcome the Texas Rangers to town for a three-game series prior to the All-Star Break. On Friday, Alex Cobb (2-11, 6.67ERA) will get the start for the Orioles and oppose Cole Hamels (4-8, 4.28 ERA), who will take the ball for the Rangers.

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and can be seen on MASN 2 and heard on 105.7 The Fan.

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Orioles swept by Phillies as offense goes quiet again

PHILADELPHIA — Despite out-hitting Philadelphia 14-8, the Phillies picked up a two-game sweep as the Orioles scored three combined runs, spoiling two solid starts by Alex Cobb and Yefry Ramirez.

Following Wednesday’s action, the Orioles (24-61) still own the worst record in Major League Baseball and stand 33.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox (59-29) for first place in the American League East. The next-worst team in the majors, the Kansas City Royals (25-60) are only 22.5 games back in the AL Central, with the Cleveland Indians (47-37) leading that division.

Meanwhile, the Phillies (47-37) remain in a competitive run with the Atlanta Braves (49-36) for first place in the National League East division. Just 1.5 games behind Atlanta, the Phillies remain in the discussion of teams included in the Manny Machado sweepstakes. However, the Phillies appear much more open to signing Machado long-term, rather than shipping off a group of prospects for potentially a two-month rental.

It was hard to ignore the “We Want Manny” chants heard at Citizens Bank Park during this series. Although teams like the Diamondbacks, Indians, and Dodgers seem much more willing to deal some prospects to Baltimore, keep in mind that former Orioles general manager Andy MacPhail, the man who drafted Machado, is now the Phillies’ President of Baseball Operations. If Machado does not end up in Philly this month, look for a strong pursuit by MacPhail and the Phillies for Machado’s services after the season concludes.

Game 1 (3-2 PHI): After about an hour and 20-minute rain delay, Phillies starter Zach Eflin dazzled on Tuesday night, winning his sixth straight after limiting the Orioles to two runs on five hits and six strikeouts in seven innings. Mark Trumbo drove in Baltimore’s two runs on a solo home run in the second inning and a sacrifice fly in the fourth that scored Machado.

Aside from Trumbo, the rest of the Orioles offense produced just five hits and two walks. The two runs delivered by Trumbo would not be enough for Cobb, who lost his 10th game of the season. In the third inning, Maikel Franco singled with one out and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Eflin. After a mound visit, Cobb walked Cesar Hernandez. The following batter, Rhys Hoskins, scored both Franco and Hernandez on a double to Adam Jones. The Hoskins RBI double tied the game at 1, but the O’s regained a 2-1 lead in the fourth with Trumbo’s sac fly.

Baltimore did not hold the lead for long. In the bottom of the fourth, Andrew Knapp tripled with two outs to score Nick Williams, who had walked earlier in the inning. Knapp’s second three-bagger of the season ended up being all Philadelphia needed to seal the win, as neither team scored the rest of the game. Eflin now holds a 7-2 record, while Cobb sits at 2-10. Cobb gave the Orioles a chance to win, allowing three runs on four hits, three walks and five strikeouts over 6.2 innings, but the Knapp triple doomed him.

Game 2 (4-1 PHI): Despite it being the Fourth of July, there were not many offensive fireworks on Wednesday, especially on the Orioles end. Soon-to-be All-Star Aaron Nola was brilliant again for Philly, striking out nine Orioles hitters over seven innings and lifting his record to 11-2 in the process. He allowed one run on seven hits and two walks.

In the top of the third, the Orioles plated their lone run on a double by Jones that scored Tim Beckham, who reached base via walk. Beckham, Jones, and Jonathan Schoop each went 2-for-4 on the day at the plate.

Ramirez cruised through his first four frames, three of which were 1-2-3 innings. But, in the fifth, Williams walked with one out before Scott Kingery doubled to left field to put runners on second and third. Then, Jorge Alfaro hit a ground ball to first base that was easily playable for Chris Davis, but the ball found it’s way under the first basemen’s glove and continued rolling into right field. Both runners easily scored on the play, giving the Phillies all the offense they needed to complete the sweep.

After Ramirez’s five strong innings, David Hess made his first major league relief appearance. He tossed the sixth and seventh innings before Britton got some work in for the eighth inning. Off Hess in the seventh, Carlos Santana walked from the lead-off spot,  then Williams delivered his 10th home run of the season that landed in the Phillies bullpen. Ramirez (0-2) collected the loss. Hess’s ERA is up to 6.06 and continues to rise.

Up Next: The Orioles continue their first July road trip at Target Field for a four-game set with the Twins (35-48) beginning on Thursday. The Twins, in third place and 11.5 games behind the Indians in the AL Central, took two of three from the Orioles to open up the regular season.

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Orioles head to Philadelphia for two-game Set against the Phillies

PHILADELPHIA- The Baltimore Orioles look to build on Sunday’s 8-2 win against the Los Angeles Angels as they head to Philadelphia for a two-game set to open up what will be a six-game road trip.

The Orioles avoided a three-game sweep and received another quality start from starting pitcher Kevin Gausman on Sunday. Gausman ran his record to 4-6 on the season with Sunday’s eight-inning, two-run effort. This was Gausman’s tenth quality start, tying fellow right-handed starter Dylan Bundy for the team lead.

The Orioles did drop two of three to the Angels, but saw the bats wake up on Sunday when they clubbed four home runs. It was the Orioles’ first three-homer plus game since June 19 against the Nationals.

The Phillies come into Tuesday’s series opener after taking three of four against the Washington Nationals in Philadelphia.  They received a walk-off pinch hit homer by catcher Andrew Knapp in the finale of that series on Sunday to give them the 4-3 victory.

Standings Check-In: The Orioles are currently sitting at 24-59 which lands them in the cellar of the AL East, 31.5 games back of the first place Boston Red Sox (57-29).  The New York Yankees (54-28, 1GB) are in second place with the Tampa Bay Rays (42-42, 14 GB) and the Toronto Blue Jays (39-45, 17GB) rounding out the division.

The Phillies (45-37) enter this series with the Birds in second place in the NL East, 3.5 games back of the first place Atlanta Braves (49-34).

Last Meeting: The last meeting between the two clubs took place on May 16 when the Phillies downed the Orioles 4-1 in the only game of the series. The game on May 15 was postponed due to rain. In the May 16 affair, Andrew Cashner started for the Orioles and gave up three runs on five hits over 5.2 innings. Nick Pivetta was better for the Phillies going seven strong and scattering just two hits while striking out 11.

Baltimore leads the all-time series against Philadelphia 29-24.

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The Orioles will look for Alex Cobb to right the ship in the series opener. Image Credit: PressBox

Game Times and Pitching Matchups:

Game 1: Tuesday, July 3, 7:05pm- Alex Cobb (2-9, 6.75 ERA) vs. Zach Eflin (6-2, 3.02 ERA)-MASN2, 105.7 The Fan

Game 2: Wednesday, July 4, 4:05pm- TBD vs. Aaron Nola (10-2, 2.48 ERA)- MASN2, 105.7 The Fan

Notes on the Phillies:

  • Nola, who starts game two for the Phillies, is quietly putting together an All- Star caliber season.  He is tied for second in the NL in wins with Nationals ace Max Scherzer.
  • At the plate the Phillies are led by center-fielder Odubel Herrera. Herrera is hitting .283 on the season with 14 home runs and 47 RBI to help pace the Philadelphia offense.
  • The Phillies appear to be on their way to their first winning season since 2011 when they were 102-60.

Notes on the Orioles:

  • The Orioles continue to struggle at the plate. Despite their eight-run outburst on Sunday, they rank last in the MLB in batting average and on base percentage and are 29th in runs scored.
  • Cobb continues to be a free agent disappointment for the Birds. In four full and healthy seasons as a starter for the Tampa Bay Rays, Cobb averaged a 3.33 ERA. This dwarfs his current ERA of 6.75.
  • Since his eight-game hiatus from the lineup, first basemen Chris Davis has gone just 6-for-34. Three of those hits have been home runs and Davis has walked three times.

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Orioles must change offensive approach to end losing ways

The Baltimore Orioles (17-41) enter the week of Jun. 4 with the worst record in the Majors. Losers of seven straight games, the 2018 season is already over. Now over two months into the season, Orioles ownership faces a cloud of uncertainty with the contracts of both general manger Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter expiring after the season. That’s not a good situation for a team like the Orioles who sit 22.5 games out of first place in the American League East.

Whether Duquette sticks around or leaves town following the 2018 season, the Orioles’ offensive approach needs to change in order for the team to find success again. Since Duquette arrived in Baltimore, the Orioles have relied on lineups full of power bats to carry the team via the long ball. From 2012-17, the Orioles finished in the top 3 in home runs, and they led the major leagues in 2013, 2014, and 2016. Also in that time span, Baltimore finished within the top 10 in strikeouts three times. So far this season, the Orioles rank fifth in strikeouts (523) and 14’th in home runs (65). They’re also 27’th in walks taken (159), 27’th in average (.230) and 29’th in both on-base percentage (OBP) (.293) & runs scored (210).

While these stats span just over two months total, it’s not hard to figure out that these numbers do not point to a successful offense. While ranking 14’th in home runs still puts the Orioles in the middle of the pack, they’re not scoring enough runs, not getting on base enough, and they’re striking out at an alarming rate.

Currently, only four regular starters in the Orioles lineup – Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Trey Mancini, and Mark Trumbo – own OBP’s above .300. This means that over half of Baltimore’s lineup is failing to reach base in seven-of-10 at-bats. Guys like Jones and Trumbo have done all they can to carry the offense, but even they carry free-swinging power bats who will see large strikeout totals when the 2018 season comes to a close.

Easily, the biggest disappointment for the Orioles dates back to the 2016 offseason, and that’s Chris Davis. Since signing a seven-year, $161 million deal in the winter preceding the 2016 season, Davis has hit an alarming .196 with 68 home runs and 487 strikeouts. Things seem to be hitting rock-bottom this season with Davis hitting .152 with just four home runs. Davis has hit at least 21 home runs in seven of 11 seasons, but he’s on pace to finish 2018 with 12 home runs (and about 219 strikeouts).

One factor playing into the declining offensive numbers has to be age. The Orioles are a veteran-heavy team with Jones, Davis, and Trumbo all at the age of 32. Pedro Alvarez, who’s been playing fairly often in the DH spot, is 31. Jonathan Schoop and Mancini are both 26, and Machado turns 26 on Jul. 6. When Davis, Jones, and Trumbo were in their late 20’s, relying on the home run got the Orioles by. Now, a lot of these guys are well above 30 and have started to decline. None of them will admit to it, but the Orioles are a veteran team in need of a turnover that includes plenty of youth.

This should not come as a surprise, but the Red Sox (40-19), Yankees (37-17), Astros (37-23), and Braves (34-24) are the highest scorers of the 2018 season to date. Boston, Atlanta and Houston make up the top three teams in hits while the Yankees, Red Sox and Astros hold the top three spots in RBI. Meanwhile, the Rangers (25-36), Padres (26-34), Giants (28-30) and Orioles make up four of the top five teams in strikeouts this season, with third-place Philadelphia (31-25) being an exception. The stats don’t lie. Teams that hit consistently, score runs and play small ball see success more often than not. Home runs will only get you so far, and strikeouts are the killer.

The scary part about this situation is that the Orioles’ front office appears to be very naive to the issue with no real drive to change the offensive approach. Despite a plethora of designated hitter, power bat types already on the roster (in the forms of Davis, Trumbo and Alvarez), Duquette recently expressed interest in 34-year-old free agent Hanley Ramirez. Duquette has prior experience with Ramirez from his tenure with the Red Sox, but signing a 34-year-old power bat to a team that should be selling makes no sense. With a 17-41 record and a lineup full of aging, undisciplined batters, comments like these from Duquette are extremely concerning.

Another frustrating practice the Orioles implement is neglecting their farm system of international talent. In May, Ben Badler of Baseball America wrote a story highlighting Baltimore ownership’s refusal to spend money in the international market. As Badler wrote in the piece, Duquette’s input only goes so far since the decisions on talent are ultimately made by the Angelos family. The decision to not dip into the international market not only limits the scouting the Orioles can do, but the return the team gets for sending off their international pool money amounts to almost nothing.

The struggles of the 2018 Orioles must not all fall on the offense. The pitching has not been perfect either, with the starting rotation sporting a 5.43 ERA and a bullpen that’s dealt with several injuries. However, since defeating the Red Sox 7-4 on May 18, the Orioles scored three runs or fewer in 13 of their last 14 games, going 3-11 in that span. Even if Dylan Bundy or another Orioles starting pitcher delivers a quality start, the chances of the Orioles’ offense providing just three runs have not been good as of late.

With just under two months remaining before the 2018 MLB trade deadline, there’s still time for Duquette and Orioles’ ownership to make some moves to better the club beyond 2018. All aspects of the club could use some work, but the offense appears to be the biggest issue plaguing the team. The scary reality Orioles fans are faced with is that the team’s ownership has been extremely reluctant to make any sort of changes to the way they construct their team, and no recent events point to that pattern changing. The reliance on the home run worked for a few seasons, but it’s time to change the offensive approach. Until the Orioles do that, the team’s losing ways will continue indefinitely.

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Orioles avoid another rain delay but drop afternoon game against Phillies 4-1

BALTIMORE — The Orioles’ two-game interleague series against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies was cut short after a rainout on Tuesday. With the threat of another storm on the horizon, Wednesday’s game was moved up to a 12:05 start. Some showers hit the stadium in the sixth inning but didn’t stop the game as the Phillies went on to win 4-1.

After getting an extra day of rest early this week, the Orioles didn’t waste any time getting on the board. Adam Jones put the O’s up 1-0 in the first inning when he launched a home run to center field on the first pitch he saw. The homer extended Jones’ hitting streak to eleven but ended up being the only bright spot for the O’s offense.

Phillies starter Nick Pivetta settled in after the solo shot and allowed just two more base runners through the next seven innings. Pivetta also racked up eleven strikeouts in the stellar outing to tie his career high.

Andrew Cashner took the mound for the Orioles after being slated to throw in Tuesday night’s game. The rainout allowed manager Buck Showalter to push Cashner back and avoid the spot start that Miguel Castro was scheduled for. Cashner was seeking his first career win in his new home ballpark. Despite getting off to a great start, this win continued to elude Cashner.

The O’s starter breezed through the first five innings, striking out six and giving up just two hits in the process. Cashner really hit his stride in the fourth and fifth innings when he retired the side on less than ten pitches.

The sixth inning would be his downfall. After giving up a leadoff home run to Cesar Hernandez, Cashner never regained his composure and allowed three more baserunners and a run before being replaced. Richard Bleier entered the game but couldn’t get the final out without allowing a third run to score.

Philadelphia picked up a fourth run the following inning and would go on to hold the 4-1 lead for the remainder of Wednesday afternoon’s game. The O’s offense woke up in the bottom of the eighth to load the bases with just one out but the top of the order failed to bring anyone home. Jones popped out to center but it was too shallow for the lead runner, Pedro Alvarez, to score on a tag. Manny Machado followed Jones and grounded out to short to end the potential rally and cap off an 0-for-4 afternoon at the plate.

The O’s lineup failed to recreate a similar scenario in the bottom of the ninth as Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo led off the inning with a pair of strikeouts. Chris Davis came up for the final at-bat of the afternoon and grounded out to second base. It was a rough afternoon all around for the Orioles’ bats, marking the tenth game this year where they scored one run or less and the ninth game where they picked up less than five hits.

Up Next: The Orioles hit the road for an 11-day, 11-game road series, with the first two series of the trip each being four games. Starting Thursday, the O’s will play four games in Boston, then four games in Chicago versus the White Sox, and finally three games in Tampa.

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Series Preview: Orioles see first interleague action of 2018 against Phillies

BALTIMORE — This past weekend saw some encouraging signs from the Baltimore Orioles, who took three of four from the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, and Triple-A Norfolk call-up David Hess posted quality starts. The Orioles scored double-digit runs twice, something that they had previously not accomplished this season.

Winning five of the first seven games of the current nine-game homestead, the Orioles look to wrap up on a high note against the Philadelphia Phillies. This marks the first interleague series of 2018 for the Orioles, and the first two games of a four-game season series with the Phillies. The final two games take place July 3-4 at Citizens Bank Park.

Led by first-year manager Gabe Kapler, the Phillies (23-16) come into Baltimore with a second-place spot in the National League East division, 1.5 games behind the Braves (25-15). The Nationals (24-18, 2.0 GB) and the Mets (19-18, 4.5 GB) have put together solid efforts so far this season, but the Marlins (14-26) find themselves in a situation very similar to the Orioles (13-28). The Birds currently find themselves 15.5 games behind the Yankees (28-12) and the Red Sox (28-13) for first place in the American League East.

Last meeting: The last time the Orioles and Phillies met came in 2015 with the Orioles taking the season series 3-1, including a 19-3 win at Camden Yards in June. In that game, Manny Machado and Chris Parmelee homered twice, with Parmelee going 4-for-6 at the plate overall. Jimmy Paredes, Chris Davis, and David Lough, and Ryan Flaherty also homered. Chris Tillman earned a win in six innings, allowing three runs on four hits, three walks, and three strikeouts.

Baltimore leads the all-time series against Philadelphia, 29-23.

Problematic weather in forecast: It’s supposed to be stormy and rainy in Baltimore all week, so the grounds crew could be busy before the O’s depart for Boston. As of this writing, Tuesday night’s forecast calls for heavy thunderstorms with possibly over one inch of rain on the way. On Wednesday, storms are not expected, but it will likely rain throughout the day.

The 12:35 start on Wednesday will give the teams plenty of time to get the game in, but both squads must hit the road without an off-day for their next series. Having played a doubleheader on Saturday, the Orioles could see another one land on their schedule if Mother Nature does not cooperate.

Game times and pitching matchups: 

Game 1Tuesday, May 15, 7:05 pm – Nick Pivetta (2-2, 4.15 ERA) vs. Andrew Cashner (1-4, 4.84 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Game 2Wednesday, May 16, 12:35 pm – Vince Velasquez (3-4, 5.05 ERA) vs. Miguel Castro (1-1, 3.55 ERA) – MASN, 105.7 The Fan

Notes on the Phillies:

  • According to Sports Info Solutions, the Phillies have the lowest percentage of hard contact allowed (19%) as a team. Individually, former Oriole Jake Arrieta (16.8%) ranks third in the majors, Aaron Nola (16.9%) ranks fifth, and Velasquez (17.3%) ranks seventh. That could be a challenge for an Orioles lineup full of power bats.
  • Center-fielder Odubel Herrera ranks first in the NL and second in the majors in batting average (.360), only behind Mookie Betts (.362) of the Red Sox. In 139 at-bats, Herrera has posted 50 hits, eight doubles, one triple, six home runs, and 24 RBI.
  • Left fielder Rhys Hoskins ranks fourth in the majors with 30 walks.

Notes on the Orioles:

  • Prior to Tuesday night’s game, injured closer Zach Britton (achilles) threw batting practice, marking the next ‘big step’ in his recovery, which is progressing ahead of schedule. Meanwhile, Darren O’Day (hyperextended elbow) should come off the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday or Thursday. He will not need a rehab assignment.
  • The Orioles’ offense has scored just 94 runs for their starting pitchers so far this season, which ranks fewest in the AL and fourth-fewest in the majors.
  • Against reliever Richard Bleier (3-0, 1.17 ERA), opposing hitters are 2-for-24 (.083) with runners in scoring position and 7-for-40 (.175) with runners on-base.

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Plug time: For any Phillies fans possibly reading this post, please check out the work of a Bloomsburg University classmate of mine, Tim Kelly. Tim is the Managing Phillies Editor at Sports Talk Philly, and he also writes Eagles columns for the same company. Recently, Tim was hired by 94 WIP which, like 105.7 The Fan, is owned by Entercom.

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Orioles acquire Jeremy Hellickson from Phillies

BALTIMORE — After weeks of waiting to see what the Orioles would do at the trade deadline, it looks like we’ve received our answer. Friday night, news broke that the Orioles would receive Jeremy Hellickson from the Phillies in exchange for Hyun Soo Kim and minor league pitcher Garrett Cleavinger.

Hellickson made his debut in 2010 with the Tampa Bay Rays and showed a lot of promise during the first few years of his career. In 2011 he won the American league rookie of the year award. He followed that up with a gold glove in 2012.

Since then, Hellickson has experienced a lot of inconsistencies. The 30-year-old pitcher accumulated a record of 67-63 and an ERA of 3.98 in his eight-year career. This season, he boasts a 6-5 record and 4.73 ERA. If you compare basic stats, he is having a better season than most of the O’s rotation, but not by much.

With Hellickson entering free agency following this season, the Orioles are dealing another prospect for a rental player. In years past, Dan Duquette and company have acquired rental players to help with a potential playoff push. Some of these players, like Andrew Miller, were a success. Others, like Gerardo Perra, were a clear waste of a good prospect.

With the Orioles currently sitting over six games back in the wildcard race, it is unlikely that Hellickson’s presence will be enough to make the O’s winners. Another possible motive for the trade would be that the O’s simply need a pitcher to eat innings in the closing months of the season. This would allow the Orioles to remove at least one weak link from the rotation. With all this in mind, fans are already adding this to the list of questionable moves committed by Duquette.

“Jeremy Hellickson is a solid, dependable, veteran Major League starter who knows how to win in the American League,” Duquette said after the deal was made. “He should provide some quality innings for the Orioles.”

The trade will also end Hyun Soo Kim’s brief career with the Orioles. Kim came to the O’s from the KBO last year and racked up a .302 batting average in 346 plate appearances. The left fielder never got substantial at-bats in his time with the O’s but remained a fan favorite. Kim is hitting .232 in 2017 with just one home run and 10 RBI’s.

Garrett Cleavinger was drafted by the Orioles in 2015 and was a part of the teams AA affiliate in 2017. Cleavinger worked his way to a 2-4 record and a 6.28 ERA with the Baysox this season. He has yet to start a game in his minor league career.

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