Orioles - Week 3
What a week the Baltimore Orioles had. As Adam Jones stated last week, "You just need to keep grinding". The Orioles went 5-2 that included a 3 game sweep of the Blue Jay's in which each win was by 1 run. Zach Britton spoke with Dan Connolly from the Baltimore Sun and stated "This is the importance of the bullpen, a lot of times we are overlooked but when you play close games like this, it is important to hold the other team to that score". The Orioles currently sport the best Bullpen ERA in the American League at 2.27
After a slummping start to the season, Adam Jones finally began to heat up with 12 hits in his 29 at bats this week. He had a line of .414/.655/.1089 (AVG/OBP/OPS),
With all of the good news going around Baltimore, it was upsetting to see another "Should have been star" injured in Kevin Gausman. After the team doctor reviewed his injury, it was deemed necessary for him to be placed on the 60 day Disabled List with shoulder inflammation. With this move, T.J. Mcfarland was recalled from AAA Norfolk and put into the Bullpen. Buck Showalter decided to add Ubaldo Jimenz from the bullpen to the starting rotation. He will pitch his first game on Monday (April 27th) against Chicago. JJ Hardy was also recalled this week after he was activated from a prior injury.
In Free Agent news, a minor league offer was given to second baseman, Jose Fernandez out of Cuba:
The next series will be played against the Chicago White Sox, the first team the O's will play this year that is not in the AL East. The White Sox are off to one of their worst starts in franchise history at 3-15.