The sounds of summer and baseball returned for the Baltimore Orioles recently, as they as well as the rest of Major League Baseball get used to a new normal. With no fans in the seats the players at least get a taste of what it is like to face off against another team. Though it didn’t really count the Orioles were able to smash the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Ballpark in exhibition action yesterday.
Baltimore saw themselves a stellar outing from starter Tom Eshelman, who struck out five batters in 4 2/3 scoreless innings, as for the Phillies they were able to receive a four strikeout performance from Zack Wheeler. With the Opening Day pitching spot still up for grabs for the Orioles there is a small chance that Manager Brandon Hyde may call upon Eshelman, but there are still so many moving parts in play and it’ll be interesting to see where the Orioles will go with their starting rotation.
The team also saw a stellar pitching performance from Tanner Scott, who had a heavy diet of sliders in striking out Bryce Harper and Didi Gregorius. Rounding out a night of tremendous pitching was Miguel Castro, Cody Carroll and Cole Sulser.
Some muscle was flexed on the offensive side of the field for the Orioles as they were able to break out the bats and get some great offensive production. Pedro Severino, Cedric Mullins, Pat Valaika and Ryan Mountcastle all were able to hit homers in the exhibition game against the Phillies.
Most of the players were all wearing masks and all of them getting adjusted to what will be one of the most unique and strange seasons of Major League Baseball; as all of the players will be getting used to having to play without fans in the stadium.
It will be interesting to see how the season will play out for Baltimore especially with the amazing starting rotation that they have in place. It will also be interesting to see if any of their prospects will get a chance to play in this shortened 60-game season.
Exhibition play for the Orioles continues today (Monday) as they will host the reigning World Series Champions the Washington Nationals at Oriole Park in Camden Yards in a 6:05 scheduled start. Possible starter for Baltimore will be RHP Alex Cobb. In his MLB career Cobb has a 53-52 overall record, bringing a 3.85 ERA along with 680 strikeouts in 864 innings pitched.
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