The Orioles have both catchers in tonight’s lineup as the series continues against the Yankees at Camden Yards.
Rio Ruiz is the third baseman instead of Maikel Franco, who’s in a 4-for-52 slump.
Freddy Galvis moves down to fifth in the order after batting fourth last night for the first time in his career.
Fifteen of Trey Mancini’s 37 hits (40.5 percent) have gone for extra bases.
Austin Hays’ career-high fifth home run last night traveled 419 feet and had an exit velocity of 110.3 mph, per Statcast, the farthest and hardest hit of his career,
Cedric Mullins has 11 multi-hit games, one shy of his career high. He’s the first Orioles center fielder with 47 hits in his first 39 games of a season since Adam Jones had 50 in 2015.
Left-hander Tanner Scott threw a 100.2 mph fastball to Brett Gardner last night, the highest velocity pitch by an Oriole this season and tied for the second hardest of his career. He reached 100.3 mph on July 5, 2018 in Minnesota.
Scott leads the club with 18 appearances.
Jorge López has started twice against the Yankees this season and allowed six runs and seven hits in 8 2/3 innings. Aaron Judge homered on April 5.
Sounds right. Half of Judge’s 10 homers this season have come against the Orioles, including two last night. He’s hit 22 in 58 career games against the Orioles.
López worked a season-high 5 2/3 innings in his last outing Monday night against the Red Sox. He didn’t issue a walk as a starter for the first time since Sept. 29, 2019 with the Royals.
Manager Brandon Hyde was asked whether López’s challenges to clear the fifth inning were more mental or physical.
“Maybe a little bit of both,” he replied.
“I thought early on in the year probably physical possibly, and he’s been trying hard to get through, maybe trying too hard in that inning, where he lost some command a little bit, couple walks here and there. I hope he can build on this. He threw 5 2/3 innings and threw 71 pitches against the No. 1 offense in the American League, for me one of the best middle of the orders in the game, period. How hard these guys are to pitch to. To give up four hits, no walks, five punchies against this club is really good.”
Also good is use of the word “punchies.”
Reliever Adam Plutko tossed a scoreless sixth inning last night, earning his fifth “hold” and lowering his ERA to 1.27 in 21 1/3 innings. He’s surrendered only one home run.
Plutko has logged 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees.
“I’m here and I’m happy to get outs whenever my name is called,” he said today in a Zoom call. “Fortunately, this year it’s been quite a lot and I’ve enjoyed it. Our young starters here are incredibly good. (Dean) Kremer has, in my opinion, turned a corner his last couple outings. Lopie (López) is one of the most talented guys I’ve ever seen throw a baseball in my life. He reminds me a ton of Danny Salazar, who was a former starter with Cleveland. So it’s been a lot of fun to watch these guys go out there.
“I just get ready for when my name is truly that’s about it.”
Right-hander Domingo Germán faced the Orioles on April 28 in Baltimore shut them out on three hits over seven innings. He walked one batter and struck out six.
Germán is 5-0 with a 2.41 ERA and 0.911 WHIP in seven career appearances against the Orioles and 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 0.778 WHIP in three starts at Camden Yards.
The Orioles are 16-22 overall and 5-14 at home. The Yankees are 21-17 overall and 10-8 on the road.
The Orioles last night lost their first game when leading after the sixth inning, dropping to 13-1.
Pitching prospect Mike Baumann is making his first 2021 start tonight, joining Single-A Delmarva for a game in Fredericksburg, Va. Baumann was shut down with arm soreness and eventually is going to be inserted into Triple-A Norfolk’s rotation.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Austin Hays LF
Trey Mancini 1B
DJ Stewart RF
Freddy Galvis SS
Pedro Severino DH
Rio Ruiz 3B
Pat Valaika 2B
Chance Sisco C
Jorge López RHP