Thursday Fowl Droppings: The Austin Hays cycle is one other enjoyable factor about these Orioles

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Hello, associates.

I’ve written this concerning the 2022 Orioles earlier than and can say it once more: This staff is enjoyable. That’s to not say they’re good, as a result of their document is what it’s and it isn’t good. They are enjoyable nonetheless. For the primary time in what seems like perpetually, there’s potential for one thing cool and good to occur in each recreation, and even in lots of their losses they handle to indicate sufficient indicators of life to the place it doesn’t all really feel hopeless.

Last evening’s wet recreation towards the Nationals proved to be the newest instance. Out of nowhere, Austin Hays hit for the cycle! He is simply the sixth participant in franchise historical past to do that, and he’ll maintain the excellence of being the primary participant to get the cycle in six innings or fewer. He batted 4 occasions and bought 4 hits on this order: Single, dwelling run, triple, double. It’s a superb factor he did this in solely six innings, as a result of that’s how lengthy the sport ended up being.

Add to this that Hays bought an help from the outfield when he threw out Juan Soto, who was attempting to advance from first to 3rd on a single within the first inning. It was a superb evening for him and for the Orioles on the whole. Some 12 months possibly quickly there will probably be extra good video games than dangerous ones in a season.

After final evening’s victory, the Orioles are 31-39 for the season. They’ve performed .500 baseball since May 3, once they had been 8-16. Last 12 months’s Orioles at one level had a document of 31-64. The staff has flaws that would worsen, however enchancment feels actual. We know this isn’t one of the best model of a staff that could possibly be fielded throughout the subsequent couple of years even solely counting gamers presently within the group. That’s cool! The Orioles at the moment are on tempo for a 72-90 document. That would even be cool in the event that they keep at this tempo or higher.

I proceed to have my eye on whether or not the Orioles can pull off their first successful full month of baseball since August 2017. Last evening’s win leaves them at 10-9 for the month of June. They will play 4 on the street towards the White Sox, beginning with one tonight, then three in Seattle. They must go 4-3 in these seven video games. It feels doable nevertheless it’ll be robust; the O’s are 13-22 on the street up to now this season.

These aren’t good groups. This additionally doesn’t matter. As we all know, the Orioles are able to happening the street and getting swept by the Tigers. Each of the White Sox and Mariners are higher than the Tigers.

It’s an 8:10 opener for the Orioles tonight since they’re in Central time. Dean Kremer is ready to make his fourth huge league begin of the season, with Johnny Cueto pitching for Chicago. Cueto has been nice up to now this 12 months, coming into this outing with a 2.95 ERA. He’s solely made six begins thus far. Maybe he’s due for regression.

The Orioles had a late evening with having to journey after the sport was lastly truncated. The White Sox performed a house recreation yesterday afternoon. I’m not saying Rob Manfred was personally concerned on this injustice, however I’ve no manner of understanding he wasn’t.

Around the blogO’sphere

After watching ‘Top Gun,’ Orioles rookie Adley Rutschman a mustache. But it won’t be here long. (The Baltimore Sun)
Adley Rutschman’s mustache as reached “beat writers asked him about it” ranges. He’s apparently not planning to maintain it for lengthy, which I feel is the right choice.

Hyde isn’t sure about Orioles starter for Saturday (Baltimore Baseball)
One trace could also be present in that Spenser Watkins solely pitched one inning final evening, apparently deliberately. Don’t search for how Bruce Zimmermann fared in aid of Watkins.

Hays on All-Star balloting and his first priority (School of Roch)
Austin Hays hitting for the cycle final evening definitely gained’t damage his case to be the Orioles All-Star consultant this season. I proceed to look ahead to the time when there’s a couple of Oriole on an All-Star roster.

Urías (oblique) starts ramp-up (Orioles.com)
Ramón Urías is on the way in which again, although there’s nonetheless no timetable for his return.

Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries

The most up-to-date Orioles victory on this present day got here 4 years in the past. The 2018 staff grabbed 4 runs within the first inning on a Mark Trumbo grand slam and got here out on prime 7-5 towards Atlanta regardless of some later bullpen struggles. Former Oriole Nick Markakis drove in three runs for the opposite staff. With the win, the O’s had been 23-52. Ouch.

One present Oriole has a birthday at present! Happy twenty seventh to Jorge Mateo. It’s additionally the birthday of a pair of former Orioles. They are: 2009-11 pitcher Mark Hendrickson, and 1968 reserve infielder Lorencito Fernández.

Is at present your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for at present embody: Japanese daimyo Oba Nobunaga (1534), early laptop scientist Alan Turing (1912), Baltimore Ravens relocator Art Modell (1925), dancer/choreographer Bob Fosse (1927), and actress Frances McDormand (1957).

On this present day in historical past…

In 1314, the Scottish defeated the English within the Battle of Bannockburn regardless of being outnumbered greater than 2-1. The victory successfully secured Scotland’s independence from England, although it took one other 14 years for this to be acknowledged by treaty.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon and his chief of workers had been on tape discussing ways in which the CIA may impede the FBI’s investigation of the Watergate break-ins.

In 1991, the unique Sonic the Hedgehog was launched in North America, forward of a Japanese launch the subsequent month. The franchise has seen dozens of recreation releases since, in addition to a few films lately. I nonetheless haven’t seen the films and discover it bizarre that the primary one was sufficient of successful to have a second.

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And that’s the way in which it’s in Birdland on June 23. Have a secure Thursday. Go O’s!


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