The noted Hollywood screenwriter William Goldman famously wrote: Nobody knows anything.That can be applied not only to the Orioles potential postseason status, but to speculation about the roster.Twenty-four hours ago, Dylan Bundy was living the life of an instructional leaguer in Sarasota, Fla. Now, hes in Seattle, possibly preparing for his major league debut in Wednesday nights game.Since Bundy is with the team now, he has to be seriously considered as a candidate for the postseason roster.The only certainties are that Wilson Betemit and Nick Markakis wont be on the early series rosters. Its probably safe to assume that pitcher Zach Phillips, catcher Luis Exposito and outfielder L.J. Hoes wont be, either.Knowing Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette, there are certain to be surprises on any postseason roster. Should the Orioles advance to the League Championship Series and World Series, there are likely to be changes between series.Lets hold the wild card game in abeyance for a moment. In a five-game Division Series, its probably safe to assume the Orioles would use 12 pitchers. Theyd likely need four starters, so one of those in the starting rotation, perhaps Zach Britton or Miguel Gonzalez might be left off the postseason roster. Or one or both of them could be a long reliever.Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Tillman, Joe Saunders, and if hes healthy, Jason Hammel, would be likely to start in a Division Series.
Beloved former Oriole Nick Markakis is finally being recognized as an All-Star this week in Washington, D.C. at the 89th Midsummer Classic.
The 34-year-old right fielder waited 12 1/2 Major League Baseball seasons for his name to be called.
Markakis, who is on his way to having the best season of his career, is batting .323 and leading the NL with 120 hits. He received the most votes of any NL outfielder in fan voting.
A 22-year-old Markakis first arrived in the Orioles clubhouse in 2006 when the average age of the rest of the Orioles’ starting lineup was 32. The now 34-year-old finds himself as one of the oldest on a Braves team that is 10 games above .500 at the halfway point of the season and only 1/2 game back from the first-place Phillies.
MLB announced Tuesday night's starting lineups, which features Markakis batting 7th and playing right field for the National League.
These lineups are STACKED.— MLB (@MLB) July 16, 2018
Which squad has the edge? pic.twitter.com/X9GwbKq7Jd
Catch Markakis and the rest of the field in Tuesday night's All-Star Game at 8 p.m. on FOX.
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I asked #Braves All-Star (former #Orioles) Nick Markakis for his thoughts on where the O’s franchise stands as a whole and the club potentially trading Manny Machado, Adam Jones and others. Here’s his quote: @WMAR2News pic.twitter.com/puMIPuXvoO— Shawn Stepner (@StepnerWMAR) July 16, 2018
Nick Markakis on fans in Baltimore that still appreciate him and voted for him to be an All-Star: “I still live there and I’ve got a lot of friends and family there. That just shows you what kind of fans and people they are. It is much appreciated.”— Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) July 16, 2018
For well over six seasons, Manny Machado's value to the Baltimore Orioles has been solely his ability to hit and play the field.
All that has changed, now that the Orioles are looking to receive a huge return for their All-Star shortstop in a blockbuster trade.
Machado homered before being removed on a wet day, Adam Jones hit a three-run double and Baltimore rallied past the Texas Rangers 6-5 Sunday.
Machado was taken out of the game in the fifth inning by manager Buck Showalter after a 26-minute rain delay. The move was designed to get their star player off a sloppy field, because the last-place Orioles are entertaining offers for Machado before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
"Obviously there's a different situation going on with Manny. You all know that," Showalter said. "That had a lot to do with it."
Plain and simple, the Orioles can't afford to have Machado get hurt. Now, more than ever.
"A month ago he wouldn't have come out of the game," Showalter acknowledged. "We know that. You know it."
After being replaced by Jace Peterson, Machado sat in the dugout, wearing a sweatshirt and joking with his teammates.
"I don't know why (Showalter) did it or not," Machado said. "He just told me, `I'm going to take you out. You had a good first half and go represent us well in the All-Star Game.'"
Machado is Baltimore's lone representative for Tuesday's showcase. He has spent his entire career in Baltimore, but his contract expires after this season and the Orioles don't appear interested in locking him up with a long-term deal.
"I'm going to the All-Star Game as an Oriole and as a shortstop. It's just always a blessing," Machado said. "I thank God. I thank my family for always supporting me, my teammates, the fans, the organization. I mean it's just been very incredible."
In a matchup between two teams staggering into the break, Texas got a first-inning grand slam from rookie Ronald Guzman but quickly gave the lead away in losing for the seventh time in nine games.
Machado ignited the comeback with his 24th homer, and Jones' bases-clearing double in the third off Mike Minor (6-6) put Baltimore ahead to stay.
"I'll be fine," said Minor, who yielded five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. "I'll reflect a little bit and then get back to it."
The game ended when Texas pinch-runner Carlos Tocci was thrown out at the plate on a double by Elvis Andrus. Running from first base, Tocci was tagged out by catcher Caleb Joseph following throws by right fielder Mark Trumbo and second baseman Jonathan Schoop.
"Textbook," Showalter said.
Texas manager Jeff Bannister called it a "situation where they had to throw it on line to throw Tocci out. They executed well."
Tanner Scott (1-1), the first of four Baltimore relievers, earned his first big league win.
Zach Britton, another Oriole supposedly on the trading block, worked the ninth for his fourth save, the second in two days.
Texas broke on top when Miguel Castro issued three straight walks and Guzman sent a one-out drive over the right-field wall for his first career grand slam.
It was 4-1 in the third when Joseph hit an RBI double and Jones doubled down the left-field line following a walk to Machado.
Shin-Soo Choo homered in the seventh to get the Rangers to 6-5.
Choo opened the game with a walk, extending to 51 his single-season club record streak of games reaching base via a hit, walk or HBP. ... Texas' Delino DeShields went 0 for 3, stretching his hitless drought to 28 at-bats. ... Jones snapped a 1-for-16 skid with his third-inning double.
Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara was given the day off after hurting his hand Saturday night in the outfield.
Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (back) was set to make his final rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (oblique) and OF Craig Gentry (rib fracture) likely won't come off the DL before August, Showalter said. ... RHP Andrew Cashner (neck strain) will be activated from the DL on Saturday or Sunday to face Toronto, Showalter said.
Rangers: The rotation after the All-Star break, beginning Friday against visiting Cleveland: Martin Perez, Bartolo Colon, Cole Hamels, Yovani Gallardo and Minor.
Orioles: After the All-Star break, Dylan Bundy will start at Toronto on Friday night.