The stop in Baltimore should be a break after the misery of Houston, but the last couple days reminded us that the A’s are more than capable of stringing together a run of lousy, bullpen-killing starting pitching performances.
Three night games and a day game before what I’d expect to be Marlins Park-like crowds at Camden Yards. There’s a chance of rain tonight but the weather there mostly looks decent.
Tonight at 4:05: Estrada vs. RHP Andrew Cashner
Tuesday at 4:05: Anderson vs. LHP John Means
Wednesday at 4:05: Montas vs.
RHP Alex Cobb RHP Dan Straily (Cobb to IL)
Thursday at 9:35 a.m.: Brooks vs. RHP Dylan Bundy (MLB Network)
The ongoing Chris Davis debacle is well-documented. Per Cot’s his contract runs through 2022 at a gross $23 million per year, of which $17 million is current salary. He gets deferred payments of $3.5 million per year from 2023-2032 and $1.4 million per year from 2033-2037. So there are a lot of very nice fishing trips in his future.
Richie Martin: Coming off a .300/.368/.439 season at Midland, he’s their starting shortstop to open the season. 2-for-23 with 2 BB and 11 K so far might be an early indication of how that’s going to go. In theory the Orioles can afford to stick with him but in practice, you get well into the season and he’s .150/.200/.250 or something like that, he’s going to be damaged goods. There could be an A’s-Orioles trade at some point to resolve that issue.
Renato Núñez: Everyday DH, and often hitting in the cleanup spot. I don’t think we care all that much.
Dan Straily: Signed after being released by Miami at the end of spring training, the 30-year-old journeyman made his Orioles debut out of the bullpen yesterday, facing 11 batters and giving up 5 hits, including 2 homers, and 2 walks before second baseman Hanser Alberto was called to the mound to mop up for the day. Dan presumably is giving a lot of thought to life after the conclusion of his baseball career.