On Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning, the Baltimore Orioles won an 18 inning marathon against the Seattle Mariners by the score of 4-2. In the process of once again earning a tie atop the American League East with the New York Yankees, the team used eight different pitchers, five of whom pitched more than a single inning. The Orioles have one more game to play on the West Coast, before they return home and play 13 games in 13 days in three different cities. Such a feat, at least at the beginning, might prove to be difficult with a depleted bullpen, and so …
… the Baltimore Orioles, at their only living onceiest, have decided to promote 19-year-old pitching phenomenon Dylan Bundy to the Major League roster. As Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports suggests, Bundy will pitch in a limited role in relief, after throwing more than 1oo innings across three different Minor League levels in his first professional season. At this point, imagining Bundy as a potential injury replacement on the post season roster would be getting ahead of oneself.
The young prospect was promoted quickly through the Orioles system finally managing to get to Double A, where for the first time all year, it appeared as though he actually had to work to get outs. Even at this level, though, Bundy still handled himself well, putting up a 3.24 ERA to go along with a 3.86 FIP in three starts.
There was some controversy earlier in the year surrounding Bundy when Baltimore asked that he stop using his very effective cutter. While it’s not odd for the development staff to request a young pitcher rely on secondary weapons to get batters out as a means of fostering other pitches, the Orioles shelved Bundy’s most dominant pitch as part of an overarching organizational philosophy that believes it to cause undue strain on an arm.
It will be interesting to see exactly what Bundy’s repertoire looks like at the Major League level.
Aside: With last night’s win, the Baltimore Orioles are now 14-2 in extra inning games this season, and have a .568 winning percentage at both home and on the road.
And The Rest
A message from Ted Williams. [HardBall Talk]
The agony of rational rooting. [Baseball Prospectus]
The Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics last night by the score of 12-2, meaning that they remain three games back of the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central Division. [Bless You Boys]
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw was diagnosed with a right hip impingement, and will most likely pitch again this season, something that was in doubt before he saw doctors. [True Blue L.A.]
Major League Baseball is studying head gear for pitchers. [FOX Sports]
Is New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis on the trading block? [Baseball Nation]
Ticketmaster is vying to replace StubHub as the site where fans can officially resell their Major League Baseball tickets. [New York Post]
Colorado Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler uses his head to break up a double play. [Big League Stew]
It’s time for Bud Selig to straighten out a new ballpark for the Oakland A’s. [Monterey Herald]
Rick Porcello’s disastrous slider. [Fangraphs]
The 2013 World Baseball Classic actually begins this week. [MLB.com]
Miami Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes wasn’t the biggest fan of his bobble head. [Palm Beach Post]
The 2012 Clutch Leader Board. [Beyond The Box Score]
On win probability added. [The Book Blog]
The Colorado Rockies are ending their experimentation with their pitching rotation … sort of. [MLB.com]
The possible manager/general manager shuffle. [CBS Sports]