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Baltimore Sun: With Orioles' Chris Davis in a 'little bit of a rut,' Brandon Hyde unclear when he'll will play again
When Chris Davis homered out of the cleanup spot in the Orioles' 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on May 12, his average had climbed from the infamous .000 through 12 games to the brink of .200 in the span of a month. It was hard to imagine they'd be back to this point so quickly.
On Saturday night, Davis was out of the lineup for the second straight game in Colorado and third time in a week as the Orioles try to again pull him out of one of his significant funks. Since that game against the Angels, the Orioles had a pair of rainouts, and in the ensuing 11 games Davis went 4-for-34 (.
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Camden Chat: Orioles minor league recap 5/25: Delmarva continues their run of excellence
Shortstop Mason McCoy stayed hot at the plate for Bowie, going 3-for-5 with an RBI from the leadoff spot to raise his average to .397. Austin Hays started in right field and batted third, going 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, three strikeouts and a stolen base. First baseman Preston Palmeiro went 3-for-4 but is still hitting under .200. Catcher Martin Cervenka hit his second home run of the year, a solo shot in the seventh inning to give Bowie a little insurance.
Marcos Molina got the win for the Baysox by throwing seven innings of one-run ball with four hits, two walks and five strikeouts.
Fansided: Baltimore Orioles: The Most And Least Helpful Players Of 2019
The 2019 season started on such a high note for the Baltimore Orioles. With a brand new regime leading the way and a fresh face taking charge in the dugout, the Orioles hit the road to begin 2019, earning series wins against the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays. We all knew this success wasn't going to last, but life was good for a short while.
Since then, this team has crashed back to reality. With a 15-36 record, Baltimore now holds the worst record in the major leagues and remains on track to not just break, but completely shatter the major league record for home runs allowed in a single season.
Baltimore Sun: Chasing wins isn't the problem for Orioles bullpen, until relievers don't come through in those spots
From the first weekend of the season in New York, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde made clear while wins weren't expected in 2019, he'd empty out his bullpen and make every move necessary to hang on to a lead when the opportunity is there.
That's what makes the last week-plus -- an 11-game span in which they've lost 10 of 11 and seven straight, including three losses in which they led by at least four runs early -- so frustrating. Friday's 8-6, walk-off loss to the Colorado Rockies was one of those.
And whether these late-and-close situations are born from early Orioles leads disappearing or comebacks from an offense that seems immune to what happens in the other halves of innings, they're happening frequently.
Camden Chat: Saturday's Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles can't stop losing
It's been more than a week since the Orioles last won a game. That's a long time. The earth keeps spinning, and things change. Here what has happened since the O's last earned a win:
-People have freaked out over the ending of Game of Thrones.
-The new live action Aladdin movie was released.
-The British Prime Minister resigned.
-My dad had a birthday.
-Gas prices have probably changed in some way
Wow, time moves so far. Think back to what you were doing on May 17. We were all so young and innocent!
Fansided: Baltimore Orioles: Dan Straily Moved to Bullpen
It's been a rough start to the 2019 season for Baltimore Orioles right-hander Dan Straily.
The 30-year-old has an ERA of 9.09 and is just 1-4 in eight starts in nine appearances so far this season.
In his latest outing which came Wednesday night, Straily was beaten up by the New York Yankees allowing six runs on eight hits and only getting two swinging strikes from Yankees hitters.
The Orioles signed Straily on April 5th after he was released by the Miami Marlins late in spring training. He was thought to be a depth piece in a Baltimore Orioles pitching staff badly in need of inning eaters.
Baltimore Sun: Orioles on deck: Lineup, pitching matchup, how to watch Friday's game at Rockies
Orioles (15-35) vs. Rockies (22-26)
Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colo.
First pitch: 8:40 p.m.
TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Orioles LHP John Means (5-4, 2.68 ERA) vs. Rockies RHP Jeff Hoffman (0-1, 7.20 ERA)
SS Jonathan Villar
RF Stevie Wilkerson
1B Trey Mancini
LF Dwight Smith Jr.
3B Rio Ruiz
CF Keon Broxton
2B Hanser Alberto
C Pedro Severino
P John Means
Baltimore Sun: Familiar story as O's lose on walkoff homer
It was a moment, in the scheme of a plodding baseball game, that represented not only the Orioles' high-point in not only Friday's 8-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies, but probably in their entire season.
Rookie left-hander John Means, who has spent the last two months as the Orioles' one feel-good story on the pitching side, and who had spent Friday afternoon at Coors Field having his swing ribbed by teammates, worked an eight-pitch walk to turn the lineup over and help build the Orioles lead to it's largest point of the day, 5-1.
When he got to first, his teammates whooping it up already, he took the moment up a level by appropriating the "start-the-lawnmower" celebration the Orioles' hitters have used all year.
Fansided: Baltimore Orioles: Andrew Cashner Makes It Clear He Does Not Want To Be Traded
With the Baltimore Orioles very much rebuilding there's little doubt the team will look to shop some of their veteran players come summertime
One player the Orioles almost surely will look to move is starting pitcher Andrew Cashner. The 32-year-old right-hander has enjoyed a bounce-back season in 2019.
After pitching to an ERA over five for the Baltimore Orioles, last season Cashner's ERA currently sits at a respectable 4.14, and he holds a winning record of 4-2.
If Cashner continues to pitch the way he has so far this season a contender surely would be interested in acquiring him as he could be a perfect piece for a team in need of a fourth or fifth starter.
Camden Chat: Friday night Orioles game thread: vs Rockies, 8:40
The O's head west to face the Rockies coming off a 1-9 skid over their last ten games. At 15-35, they're now a season-worst 17.5 games back of first in the AL East. If you've been living under a rock, well, I congratulate you. This was a great week to sit out.
The idea of the historically homer-prone O's trying to stop the barrage at Coors Field, of all places, must be someone's sick idea of a joke. But hey, maybe this is the day they make a heroic stand. If so, we'll all be singing of the glory of John Means (5-4, 2.
Crushing in Coors! Dwight Smith Jr. hits one out for a 4-1 lead. https://t.co/oz3dbdZH6g