Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said his bullpen should be fine tonight. The club didn’t make a roster move prior to first pitch.
He said it without fingers crossed. At least not visibly.
“With that being said, would love to have Cash (Andrew Cashner) go deep in the game,” Hyde said. “We should be OK, but looking for Cash to give us some innings and pitch like he’s been pitching. Love to see him go deep.”
Miguel Castro won’t be available tonight after throwing 45 pitches last night in two-thirds of an inning. He allowed four runs, threw three wild pitches and raised his ERA to 10.80 and his WHIP to 2.229 in 11 2/3 innings.
Only one of 10 outings has been clean, when Castro retired both batters faced April 14 in Boston. He’s allowed hits in nine of them and been scored upon in six, his plus stuff mostly bringing negative results.
“Physically, I feel fine,” Castro said today via interpreter Ramón Alarcón. “Unfortunately, the results aren’t there. Right now, I’m just trying to keep my head high and trying to make the proper adjustments to get over this hump.”
A higher head might be a good idea beyond the confidence factor. Castro has discovered that he’s a little too low in his delivery compared to last summer.
“I’ve been watching a lot of videos recently and I’ve noticed there is a difference in the past and right now,” he said, “so I’m going to work with my pitching coach (Doug Brocail) to make the adjustment and make the adjustment in my pitching mechanics.”
Castro has an option left, but the Orioles are attempting to get him through this rough patch and keep him around as part of their 13-man pitching staff.
He can’t afford many repeats of last night’s debacle.
He knows it.
“Unfortunately, yesterday was a tough night for me,” he said. “The singles were headed where there was nobody there. So I’m just trying to keep my head up, trying to get this struggling period over and trying to make the adjustment.”
Left-hander Tanner Scott also was charged with four runs last night, consistency still an issue after he struck out five of six batters faced Saturday in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
The Orioles are focused on development and know it requires patience, that there are going to be bad nights that shouldn’t completely define the younger players. They also want to see results and have shown that they’re willing to rev up the Triple-A shuttle.
“Guys with great stuff and show flashes and now it’s the consistency part of pitching in the big leagues and playing in the big leagues that’s really, really challenging,” Hyde said.
“A lot of guys have the stuff and a lot of guys have the physical talent. Now it’s being able to be consistent at the major league level and I think that’s just something you stay with as coaches and you just try to continue to boost confidence and coach and pat on the back and maybe some tough conversations at times also, but that’s our job honestly to be able to reach guys like that and we’re doing the best we can.
“It’s a pretty new staff with these guys, so we’re getting to know these guys pretty well now. I’d love to have Tanner Scott throw like he did two appearances ago when he punched out five against the meat of the Minnesota order. Last night was just one of those nights where it didn’t happen.”
Hyde’s sort of caught between the rebuild and wanting to stay competitive, especially coming from a Cubs organization that grew used to winning.
“You want to win,” he said. “Been to the postseason four years in a row. And if feels good to win. Nights like last night or how we’ve been playing at home is tough, but I have been through the other side also where I’ve been through a 100-loss team with a group of young guys that were getting their feet wet in the big leagues. I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel type of situation. I feel like this is where we’re at right now.
“We’re going to have nights like last night, but that doesn’t make it ... I think we all have to hold ourselves accountable, too. The way we’ve been playing for the majority of the season so far I’m really happy with. I think we’re going to learn how to win, but the majority of games against really good clubs we’ve been playing competitive baseball against and I’m really happy with that.
“There have been a few games where it’s gotten away from us. We’re going to have more games like that. It doesn’t make it OK, either. We’re going to continue to try to play like we’ve been playing the majority of the time. Like we played on the road is how I see our team playing the rest of the year.”
White Sox manager Rick Renteria, who used Hyde as his bench coach with the Cubs in 2014, believes that winning games speeds up the development process and shouldn’t be downplayed in importance. Hyde tends to agree with him.
“Last night stunk, but for the most part we’ve been playing competitive baseball and we’ve been playing to win,” Hyde said. “And we’ve been a pitch short or a hit short or maybe a situational opportunity offensively late that we didn’t get done that we’re going to learn from. So I think that’s all part of development.
“Our guys in there know that I’m going to continue to support them. I’m honest. I have their backs. I want them to believe in what we’re doing. I want them to believe in the coaching staff. I want them to believe in each other. I think we have a really good clubhouse. I think our guys like playing the game and like playing the game as our club. There’s a good feel.
“So obviously you want to see better results because you’re pulling for these guys because they’re doing things the right way.”
Nate Karns threw a bullpen session today, will have his right forearm checked again by the medical staff and is expected to report back to Triple-A Norfolk in a few days.
“It sounds like it went pretty good,” Hyde said.
Karns has made one appearance with the Tides on his rehab assignment and lasted only two-thirds of an inning, with a three-run homer on his line.
Hyde checked on Dwight Smith Jr. last night and the outfielder wanted to play tonight, so he’s back in the lineup. The discomfort has subsided in his right quadriceps muscle.
Taking off last night figured to provide the cure. The Orioles are just hoping it isn’t temporary.
“He feels good,” Hyde said. “I just told him to let me know if the quad doesn’t feel right or starts to get tight or whatever it may be and then I’ll get him out of there.”