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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

3 Takeaways From Orioles’ Series Win Against Cardinals: Bradish Deal, Bannon Arrived, Bullpen Movement

In their first series in St. Louis since 2003, the Orioles won Two out of three games for the Cardinals. Here are the Baltimore Sun’s three takeaways from the series.

Bradish puts K in Kyle

At the start of the series, right-hander Kyle Braddish had the most impressive starting career not only by an Oriole, but by any major league starter.

8 prospect of Baltimore per Baseball America, Bradish dismissed 11 Cardinals in seven innings on Tuesday. In doing so, he became:

  • First Orioles rookie to reach a double-digit strikeout in a decade (Wei-Yin Chen, 2012).
  • Second Baltimore pitcher to play an 11-strikeout game within his first three career appearances (Jimmy Haynes, 1995).
  • The second pitcher in major league history to hit 11 hitters without making a run in any of his first three appearances (Stephen Strasberg, 2010).

In the minor leagues last year, Braddish, 25, was at his best when attacking the strike zone, and he did better that Tuesday than almost any other Orioles starter in the past eight seasons. He generated 14 swings and missed going with 23 strikes; their 41.1% said strike plus whiff percentage It was the second largest outing for any Orioles starter (minimum 50 pitches) since Statcast began tracking in 2015. The start of 2017 was the only high outing by Dylan Bundy, for whom Bradish was traded in December 2019 and with whom he matched in his second start. ,

In that outing, he ran into trouble in the fourth inning and was not given a chance to bounce back from the second frame. On Tuesday, they allowed singles in each The first two innings then wiped them out in double plays. He did not allow an extra base runner until the sixth, when a double and an in-the-park home run opened the frame. Bradish then took the side out in the seventh, adding two more punchouts. His fastball debut topped 98 mph, making him only the fourth Orioles starter to reach that mark since 2017.

Bradish is Baltimore’s third-ranked prospect behind Grayson Rodriguez and DL Hall, both in Triple-A and may join the Orioles in their rotation sometime this season. Braddish’s next start figures come home on Monday against the New York Yankees; It is possible that top prospect Adley Ratshman will be behind the plate to catch him.

An early Tuesday shows just how bright Braddish’s future could be. The coming weeks may spread that light to the Orioles.

Machado Trade Products Bannon Comes

Even with the news that Triple-A right-hander Kyle Branovich underwent Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery earlier this week, Bradish’s early success stymied the Orioles’ four-pitch return from the Los Angeles Angels for Bundy. made strong.

Alternatively, questions remain about the players the Los Angeles Dodgers met for Manny Machado, with only three of the five still in the organization. Perhaps he will be answered in the coming weeks, especially when infielder Rylan Bannon was called up to make his debut in Thursday’s finale.

Bannon, 26, had a disastrous 2021 season with Norfolk but was promoted from a strong stretch for the Tides. Along with Ryan Mountcastle (left wrist pain) and Ramon Ureas (tummy trouble), the Orioles needed some infield reinforcement, and Bannon, who could play in second and third place, was already on the 40-man roster. , liked. He started at third base on Thursday, making a dazzling game in his first defensive chance to rob Nolan Arenado, becoming the first Oriole to hit the first pitch since 2010 before he looked into the majors.

Like Bannon, outfielder Yusniel Diaz, the centerpiece of the Machado deal, struggled with Norfolk last season but found more success in Triple-A for the second time, entering Thursday with .968 OPS, missing three weeks. were With a left hamstring injury. Right-hander Dean Kramer, who has competed in the Majors last two seasons, leads from left He faced indirect stress a month ago while warming up for the start of his season.

Before Bannon joined the team in St. Louis, pitchers Bruce Zimmerman and Dillon Tate were the only products of a bevy of Baltimore tradesmen on the Orioles roster in July 2018. The potential to make that sell-off worthwhile still exists.

Reyes, not Rodriguez

In the wake of last weekend’s rainy season in Baltimore and the Orioles’ subsequent doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals, the Orioles had an opening in their rotation. This happened to align with Rodriguez’s scheduled start date for Norfolk.

Rodriguez, however, was not a right-handed batsman, the first time Baltimore decided to call the majors. In addition to Bannon, the Orioles promoted Danay Reyes, alternate reliever Paul Fry and Travis Lakins Sr. to open the 40-man roster spot Chris Ellis was transferred to the 60-day injured list. Reyes, 25, signed a minor league deal with Baltimore this off-season and was known for his command coming over the Boston Red Sox system.

he didn’t need Thursday’s bullpen game, one in which Brian Baker, Keegan Akin, Dylan Tate, Sionel Perez, Joy Krehbiel and Felix Bautista combined for nine strong innings in a series 3-2 win. That group and close regular Jorge Lopez — who missed the series while on the mourning list — have collectively posted a 2.20 ERA this season.

In López’s absence, Bautista made two saves, setting the franchise record for the pitch-tracking era (since 2008) for the fastest pitch at 101.9 mph. His nine pitches of 100 mph or more on a tough Thursday were not only Baltimore’s highest for a game during that time, but his highest by a player for a season. Bautista’s 16 such pitches this year is more than double the previous record (Kevin Gossman’s seven in 2015).

Thursday’s result aside, with the option to give Rodriguez his first major league debut, the Orioles indicated they believe they have the work to do in Triple-A. The 22-year-old Rodriguez, who made his second consecutive start with Rattsman, scored eight runs in five innings of one run. He threw 80 pitches, two less than the season high he had thrown in his previous start.

Meanwhile, Reutschmann hits his first long ball of the season in seventh, as he works his way back from a right tricep strain.


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