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Should Orioles consider Daniel Murphy for first base?


Should Orioles consider Daniel Murphy for first base?

Ever helpful Orioles fans have suggested the team take a shot at luring Daniel Murphy to Baltimore.

Murphy has undoubtedly helped enrich himself with his outstanding postseason for the new National League champion New York Mets.

On Wednesday night, Murphy had four more hits and set a record by homering in his sixth straight postseason game as the Mets completed a four-game sweep over the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series.

Someone will pay Murphy.

In 2004, Carlos Beltran had a great postseason for the Houston Astros, helping to secure a huge contract with the Mets.

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Last year, another big time postseason performer, Pablo Sandoval cashed in with a big deal with Boston. It’s a deal the Red Sox are now regretting.

In 1986, the year the Mets last won the World Series, the Series MVP was Ray Knight, who batted .391.

Knight was a third baseman of no particular distinction other than having a terrific World Series in his contract year.

Unfortunately for him, owners colluded in the off-season, and he had to take a pay cut before signing a one-year, $600,000 contract with the Orioles for 1987.

Knight picked the wrong time to sign with the Orioles, who had an awful season under new manager Cal Ripken, Sr.

At 34, he hit .256 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs  as the Orioles lost 95 games. Knight played one more year, then retired.

Murphy has a lifetime .288 average and this year hit a career high 14 home runs before his out of body postseason.

He plays first base, second and third, though not particularly well. Though the Orioles will be looking for a new first baseman if Chris Davis leaves via free agency, they’ll undoubtedly have better options at first than Murphy.

While someone, perhaps the Yankees—or even his current team—will make him a rich man, the Orioles will resist the temptation to chase after a good player who is having the month of his life at the right time.

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Orioles make home run history Tuesday night in more ways than one

Orioles make home run history Tuesday night in more ways than one

The Orioles pitching staff has struggled with the long ball all season long, and it culminated in a couple of historic moments at the ballpark.

First, it was Gary Sanchez joining his teammate Gleyber Torres in torturing Orioles pitchers this season, launching his eighth home run of the year against the O’s alone. 

Torres reached that mark earlier in the series, making them the first pair to reach eight home runs in the same season against the Orioles since Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. 

Anytime you’re the first to do something since literally Ruth and Gehrig, two of the greatest home run hitters in the history of the sport, you’re clearly doing something right (or wrong, if you’re an Orioles fan).

What’s especially concerning for the Orioles is how quickly Torres and Sanchez reached this mark, needing less than two months to accomplish what no one else had in an entire season for the last 88 years.

The other piece of history made also came with shocking speed in 2019.

In April, the Orioles became the first franchise to allow at least 50 home runs before May 1. The unfortunate thing for them is they reached the mark with a week and a half to spare.

That trend has continued into May, and the pitching staff now has another claim to fame.

In the sixth inning, the Yankees crushed their third bomb of the evening, bringing the Orioles home runs allowed total to 100 on the season. Per ESPN, the previous fastest team to allow that many was the 2000 Royals, who needed 57 games to make history.

The Orioles did it in just 48. They aren’t just setting records; they’re obliterating them.

Understandable, manager Brandon Hyde is less-than-pleased with the mark.

"We’re facing good teams, but you gotta pitch." Hyde emphatically told reporters after the game. "Gotta stay off the barrel, gotta be able to locate And if you don’t, in a hitter's ballpark, against guys who mash, you're going to give up 100 homers in 40-something games."

Hyde isn't wrong. If the staff keeps pitching the way they have so far, it’s not hard to imagine the Orioles setting a few more benchmarks for futility in 2019.


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Orioles Roundup: Bullpen blows early five run lead

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Orioles Roundup: Bullpen blows early five run lead

The Orioles had a five-run lead, but the bullpen was unable to hold it. The Yankees scored nine runs in the final four innings, leading their way to a 10-7 victory.

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Player Notes:


Hanser Alberto had a career night in the loss. He had a career-best four hits and finished a triple short of the cycle.

Mark Trumbo could return to the field sooner than expected. He's expected to start some extended spring training games soon, with rehab starts to soon follow after that.


Gleyber Torres hit his eighth home run of the season against Baltimore. It's still May.

Gary Sanchez completed the comeback for the Yankees, putting them ahead for good with a three-run home run in the ninth. He finished with four RBIs.

Miguel Andujar underwent successful surgery on his labrum on Monday. While he won't play again this season, he should be ready for spring training next season.

For the first time in his career, Troy Tulowitzki could play a position other than shortstop. He recently approached the Yankees brass and told them he'd be open to playing another position when he returns from injury, as Didi Gregorius is expected to return soon.


SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Monday 5/20: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Tuesday 5/21: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium  

Thursday 5/23: Orioles @ Yankees, 12:35 p.m., Yankee Stadium  

Source: Rotoworld