The 2020 Major League Baseball Season is heating up for the Baltimore Orioles (3-3) who after dropping a tough two game set against the New York Yankees, were able to pick up a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on 7/31 by a score of 6-3.
There have been so many moves made by the team over the course of the last few days, so everyones heads must be spinning right now. There have been new heroes that have emerged and a happy return to the roster. Here is a bit of a breakdown of some of the events and moves that have happened with the Orioles and what to expect from Game Two between the Orioles and Rays as these two teams are in the second game of a three game series ending tomorrow.
Cole Sulser, was called upon to hold on to a two-run lead over the Tampa Bay Rays and rewarded Baltimore Orioles manager Brandon Hyde with a stellar performance. Thus far Sulser is2-for-3 in save situations, sandwiching one meltdown with two seamless appearances, including Friday’s 1-2-3 conversion. Hyde has expressed interest in what Sulser can do on the mound for the Orioles, being particularly drawn to the mix of pitches the righty can bring.
Thus far Hyde has been putting Sulser in the situations that he feels the reliever will be the strongest in. It will be interesting to see his development, as you know the bullpen will be a huge part to any success the team will have this season.
On Friday Baltimore traded left-handed reliever Richard Bleier to the Miami Marlins for a player to be named following the game against the Rays. Bleier who was hoping to help the Orioles on the mound was a multi-purpose reliever in addition to having to pitch left handed. Richard held a 8-1 mark with a 2.99 ERA in 166 appearances over the past five seasons, four coming with the Orioles. He posted a 1.97 ERA over his first three seasons before undergoing lat surgery in 2018, then pitched to a career-high 5.37 ERA in 53 games in 2019.
That wasn’t the only roster move for Baltimore as Kohl Stewart has decided to opt out of the 2020 season, citing underlying conditions that make him high risk for COVID-19. Stewart is one of many Major League Baseball players having to make an extremely tough decision as reports of cases are being shown. Right now Major League Baseball isn’t hitting the panic button yet, but you know everyone in the League is watching and many players are really thinking hard about opting out.
In the good news department first baseman Chris Davis made his return to the field for the Orioles, working a walk in the team’s 6-3 victory over the Rays. Davis had missed the prior games due to the COVID-19 protocol, but according to reports had never tested positive for the virus.
Now it is on to Game Two between Baltimore and Tampa as the Orioles will send starter Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 6.35 ERA) to the mound to take on Tyler Glasnow (0-0, 2.25 ERA), game time is set for 7:35 p.m. Some of the batters to watch out for on the offensive side for the Orioles will be Hanser Alberto who has recorded five hits against Glasnow. Renato Nunez has also seen success against Tyler recording seven hits and Dwight Smith, Jr who has eight hits.
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