Orioles Drop Series To Tampa, All-Star Teams Announced.

| July 3, 2017

The Baltimore Orioles (40-41) lost two out of three games this weekend to the Tampa Bay Ray’s (43-41). The Orioles are now 6.5 games behind the first place Boston Red Sox (47-35) in the American League East Division, followed by the Yankees (43-37)  and the Ray’s. Still struggling to find a permanent place above the .500 mark, the Orioles will travel to the National League Central Division leaders Milwaukee Brewers (44-40) for three games, and then to Minnesota to face the Twins (41-40) for a four-game series before taking a much needed five day All Star Break.

Pitching

Kevin Gausman: Gausman earned his fifth win of the season after tossing 7.0 innings, not allowing a run on two hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. This was only his third win at Oriole Park this season. Sunday’s effort was tied for a season-high in innings pitched and was only the second time this season reaching that mark. Sunday was also only the second time this season with nine-or-more strikeouts, another season high. Signs are starting to show that the opening day starter is turning things around. He has thrown seven-or-more strikeouts in three of his last four games. Sunday was his second-straight start not allowing a run or a home run and his second start this season allowing two-or-less hits.

Dylan Bundy: Bundy suffered his seventh loss of the season after allowing five runs on seven hits (three home runs) with no walks and seven strikeouts over 4.0 innings of work. Sunday also marked Bundy’s shortest start of the season since September 7, 2016, at Tampa Bay (3.2 innings). The Orioles team leader in almost every pitching category allowed a season-high and tied a career-high (July 17, 2016, at Tampa Bay) with his three home runs given up. He has surrendered multiple home runs in all five career starts against Tampa Bay. However, this was his second start not issuing a walk on the season (season debut April 5 vs. Toronto) and fifth time striking out at least seven batters this season.

Chris Tillman: Tillman did not factor in his decision after tossing 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts. The two runs allowed were the fewest since his first start of the season on May 7 vs. the White Sox when he didn’t allow a run. The Wilson Ramos home run in the second inning was Tillman’s 11th home run surrendered this year and his seventh-straight start allowing a homer. Tillman has worked 5.0-or-less innings in eight of his 11 starts this season.

Position Players

Jonathan Schoop: Schoop was named an American League All-Star on Sunday and he was the only Oriole to earn that honor. He is making first career All-Star appearance. On Saturday, he hit his 16th home run of the season, a two-run homer in the fifth inning. It was his 39th extra-base hit of the season (16 home runs and 23 doubles). Currently, he is second in baseball and first in the American League in extra-base hits by a second baseman. He is hitting .357 (10-for-28) with three home runs and nine RBI in eight games against Tampa Bay this season. Saturday also marked his 26th multi-hit game of the season, second-most on the team (Trumbo 29). Schoop is leading the Orioles in batting average, home runs, RBI’s, OBP, and hits.

Trey Mancini: Mancini was never going to make an All-Star appearance due to his limited usage early in the year, but with Davis out, Mancini is continuing to show he is a special player. He only has 11 fewer plate appearances than Boston’s Andrew Benintendi, but his .303 batting average would eclipse Benintendi’s .274. His 14 home runs would be good for fifth among rookies. His 69 strikeouts and 43 RBI’s good for 3rd best among rookies. In June, Mancini led the team in batting average with .340 (34 hits in 100 at-bats).

All-Star Teams 

American League

First Baseman: TOR Justin Smoak

Second Baseman: HOU Jose Altuve

Shortstop: HOU Carlos Correa

Third Baseman: CLE Jose Ramirez

Catcher: KC Salvador Perez

Outfielders: NYY Aaron Judge, LAA Mike Trout, HOU George Springer

DH: TB Corey Dickerson

Pitchers: BOS Chris Sale, MIN Ervin Santana, CLE Corey Kluber, KC Jason Vargas, CLE Andrew Miller, BOS Craig Kimbrel, HOU Dallas Keuchel, NYY Luis Severino, TEX Yu Darvish, DET Michael Fulmer, HOU Lance McCullers Jr., NYY Dellin Betances

Reserves

First Baseman: OAK Yonder Alonso

Second Basemen: BAL Jonathan Schoop, NYY Starlin Castro

Shortstop: CLE Franciso Lindor

Third Baseman: MIN Miguel Sano

Catcher: NYY Gary Sanchez

Outfielders: BOS Mookie Betts, CLE Michael Brantley, CHI Avisail Garcia

DH: SEA Nelson Cruz

Final Five (one picked by fan vote): TEX SS Elvis Andrus, BOS SS Xander Bogaerts, NYY SS Didi Gregorius, KC 3B Mike Moustakas, TB 1B Logan Morrison

National League

First Baseman: WAS Ryan Zimmerman

Second Baseman: WAS Daniel Murphy

Shortstop: CIN Zack Cozart

Third Baseman: COL Nolan Arenado

Catcher: SF Buster Posey

Outfielders: WAS Bryce Harper, COL Charlie Blackmon, MIA Marcell Ozuna

Pitchers: LAD Clayton Kershaw, WAS Max Scherzer, STL Carlos Martinez, ARI Robbie Ray, COL Greg Holland, LAD Kenley Jansen, ARI Zack Greinke, WAS Stephen Strasburg, CHC Wade Davis, SD Brad Hand, MIL Corey Knebel, PHI Pat Neshek

Reserves 

First Basemen: CIN Joey Votto, ARI Paul Goldschmidt

Second Basemen: PIT Josh Harrison, COL DJ LeMahieu

Shortstop: LAD Corey Seager

Third Basemen: ARI Jake Lamb

Catcher: STL Yadier Molina

Outfielders: NYM Michael Conforto, LAD Cody Bellinger, MIA Giancarlo Stanton, ATL Ender Inciarte

Final Five (one picked by fan vote): MIA 1B Justin Bour, CHC 3B Kris Bryant, WAS 3B Anthony Rendon, COL 1B Mark Reynolds, LAD 3B Justin Turner

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Kevin Chaney was born and raised in Pasadena, MD. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 2007 and served on board the USS Nimitz until 2012. He is now attending the University of Maryland. Follow him on his blog at http://kchaneyreporting.wixsite.com/sports