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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore takes series against Royals

Orioles Roundup: Baltimore takes series against Royals

Great pitching and a handful of home runs combined for a whopping 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards. Here are the latest news and notes.

PLAYER UPDATES:

SP Dylan Bundy threw only one run in seven innings, collecting seven strikeouts and two walks. This was the sixth outing in 24 starts that Bundy did not give up any home runs. Bundy will likely start against the Rays at Camden Yards again this weekend.

RP Mychal Givens earned his first save of the month after protecting a three-run lead. He only gave up a one-out single to Alex Gordon.

2B Hanser Alberto launched a three-run tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning over the center field wall. Between manning second and third base, Alberto is batting .318/.339/.435.

INJURIES: 

OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Calf, 10-day IL, may return late August 

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 60-day IL, out indefinitely

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day IL, 2020

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day IL, may return in September 

COMING UP:

Thursday, 8/22: Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Friday, 8/23: Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Saturday, 8:24: Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Source Credit: Rotoworld 

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Orioles announce family-friendly time changes to their regular season schedule

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Orioles announce family-friendly time changes to their regular season schedule

The Orioles announced significant changes to their regular-season schedule Thursday, making it more family-friendly during non-summer months. 

According to Joe Trezza, the Orioles will start at 6:35 p.m. ET for games that occur before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Home games during the summer will retain their 7:05 p.m. ET start time.

Major League Baseball saw a record 3:05:35 average run time for games in 2019 despite changes made before 2018 to cut mound visits without pitching changes. 

With the average length of a game longer than ever and the fact that the Orioles have finished last in the AL East in three consecutive seasons, this is seemingly a smart move to get more fans out to Camden Yards. 

John Means finished second in AL Rookie of the Year voting after a surprising season, so the Orioles days as the butt of most baseball-related jokes could be nearing an end. 

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Orioles' John Means falls short in AL Rookie of the Year voting

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Orioles' John Means falls short in AL Rookie of the Year voting

It was always going to be an uphill climb. Now? It’s reality.

John Means did not become the first Oriole to win the AL Rookie of the Year award in 20 years.

The surprising ace finished second behind Yordan Alvarez in this year’s voting. The result is less of a surprise, as Alvarez utterly dominated opponents at the plate all year long. From the moment he was promoted in June, Alvarez was one of the best hitters in baseball. 

By wRC+, an all-encompassing offensive metric, he was actually the second-best hitter in baseball behind only Mike Trout. And he owned the best OPS for a rookie in MLB history.

He accomplished all this while hitting in the middle of the most formidable lineup in baseball, a Houston unit that carried them to the American League pennant.

Alvarez didn’t enjoy the most prolific postseason of all-time, but he still pitched in with a few big hits against the Nationals in the World Series. His hot streak in the Fall Classic actually allowed him to lead the Astros in both batting average and OPS against the Nats.

For so many reasons, Alvarez earned his unanimous first-place finish. But don’t let that diminish Means’ year.

A non-prospect who was made the Orioles roster out of Spring Training, Means was the team’s lone All-Star representative this season. He held his own in the vaunted AL East, and was the clear-cut second-best rookie in the AL in 2019.

Means’ great season helped him receive 16 second-place votes, while no other candidate received more than six.

In a long, trying season, Means stood out as one of the most pleasant surprises for the Orioles in recent memory. The organization has long struggled to develop starting pitching, which has constantly placed them behind the 8-ball in their division. If the front office can unearth a few more hidden gems in the coming seasons, the rebuild may just work out after all.

Brandon Lowe of the Rays rounded out the top three finishers, while Eloy Jimenez finished fourth.

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