The Baltimore Orioles got to take a breather on Saturday, as they snapped a lengthy ten-game losing streak. Not much was going right for the Orioles with no end in sight. However, for a day the O’s were able to celebrate and go to sleep at night not thinking about when the losing is going to end. They may very well get right back on a losing path, though.
The O’s aren’t a team who are built to win games, so more losses are expected. Baltimore are looking to add to their farm system at the trade deadline, but the guy who has the most trade value, Mark Trumbo, hasn’t been able to make a return. He had a recent setback in his recovery, so that counts him out.
Moving a guy like Andrew Cashner might make the most sense for the Orioles. However, they still wouldn’t get too much in return. I don’t know a team who is willing to give up prized prospects for Cashner to maybe pitch well for them down the stretch.
What the Orioles were most looking forward to is watching Dylan Bundy show signs of improvement. As a 26-year-old, the Orioles were hoping everything would come together for him this season, but his career up to this point has been a letdown. It seems like they might have to accept that he may never develop into an ace. He was drafted in the first-round of the 2011 draft and has failed to live up to expectations.
Bundy and Cashner will both be sitting down to watch how this one unfolds on Sunday. Their teammate, Gabriel Ynoa, will attempt to get his first win of the season on Sunday afternoon in Seattle. He’s appeared in 14 games and made 5 starts, but is still looking at a goose egg.
Rookie Yusei Kikuchi touches the rubber for the Mariners in this one. So, he is not a rookie in the true sense of the word. He’s been up and down in his first season at the major league level, after years of pitching in Japan. He’s been down considerably in June. Head below for our free Orioles vs. Mariners pick.
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There is some concern about how Kikuchi has been pitching recently. He was a star over in Japan and made the All-Star Game of the NPB this past season. Kikuchi owns a career ERA of 2.77, so there were expectations that came along with signing a Major League Baseball contract. The hitters are certainly better at this level, and he might just be needing some time to adjust. Kikuchi signed a four-year deal, so the Mariners will have time to get him acclimated better in the future. His recent struggles have definitely been discouraging, though.
The left-hander goes into Sunday holding an ERA of 5.15 in 16 games. He has been struggling to get things under control recently. Kikuchi has posted an ERA of 8.78 with a 2.32 WHIP and .444 OBA in his previous three outings. He’s also allowed at least 6 earned runs in three of his last four showings. We’ll see if he cleared his head since getting nailed by the Royals and sees an improvement Sunday.
Kikuchi hopes to get some run support against Gabriel Ynoa. Ynoa has been up in the major leagues the past three years, but only saw action in 19 games in 2017 and 2018. He recently got rocked by the Oakland A’s, allowing 7 hits and 6 earned runs in 5.1 innings of work. The A’s got to him for 3 home runs, as his struggles to keep the ball in the park continued. In his previous three games, Ynoa has allowed a whopping 7 deep balls.
Additionally, Ynoa has been shaky on the road, with an ERA of 6.86 and 1.48 WHIP. He’s faced just three batters in the Seattle lineup, but they’ve all gotten a hit and have collectively connected for a .429 batting average against Ynoa. The bullpens have been terrible for both clubs, so don’t expect much help from the relievers in this one. Seattle are 28th with a 5.26 ERA and Baltimore close behind with a 6.13 ERA. We should be able to see enough offense on Sunday in Seattle to get this matchup OVER the total.