Orioles react to elimination from 2022 postseason

October 2, 2022

NEW YORK — The Orioles had been of their lodge rooms late Friday night time once they realized they had been eradicated from postseason rivalry after the Mariners defeated the A’s, 2-1, and the Rays beat the Astros, 7-3. The Mariners will make their first playoff look in 21 years.

Orioles supervisor Brandon Hyde watched the Mariners clinch on TV and acknowledged he was dissatisfied that his crew won’t play postseason baseball in October.

“I stayed up and noticed what occurred in Seattle final night time. So congratulations to [the Mariners],” Hyde mentioned. “It was very disappointing, however I’m pleased with the way in which our crew has performed this yr, how we exceeded expectations. We stayed in it till October 1. … I wished to be within the playoffs and I wished our guys to expertise these issues, too. However we gave it a great run.”

Coming into the season, the Orioles had been broadly anticipated to be within the midst of a rebuilding yr. One other 100-loss season was anticipated. However the O’s now have 81 victories, essentially the most they’ve had since 2016.

It helped that that they had a reliable bullpen, which ranked ninth within the Main Leagues with a 3.48 ERA coming into Saturday’s motion. The rotation stabilized as soon as pitchers like Jordan Lyles and Austin Voth entered the image. Voth, for instance, has a 2.88 ERA because the All-Star break, although he allowed 4 runs in 5 innings in an 8-0 loss to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Lyles, in the meantime, has been the Orioles’ finest starter this season. He leads the crew in virtually each pitching class, together with video games began, wins and innings pitched. Nonetheless, Lyles might be a free agent after the season if Baltimore doesn’t choose up his $11 million choice for subsequent yr.

“I’d love to return again right here. … The transition to be the place we are actually is fairly particular,” Lyles mentioned. “I loved the fellows. [Brandon] Hyde has been superb. Positively supervisor of the yr in my eyes. Good clubhouse. All the pieces is constructive right here.”

“We had successful months of simply enjoying good baseball — pitching effectively,” Hyde mentioned. “As soon as Adley bought right here, we began enjoying higher. I wished to win as many video games as we probably may. It was a enjoyable summer time. Lots of followers bought to be re-energized with our membership. We felt there was plenty of help behind us.”

Subsequent yr, expectations for Baltimore are anticipated to be increased. However the Orioles know enhancements nonetheless must be made, particularly on offense. Coming into Saturday’s motion towards the Yankees, the O’s ranked twentieth within the Majors with a .237 crew batting common; that common holds with runners in scoring place as effectively.

That turned clear because the O’s had been held to a few hits, primarily by Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes, who struck out 12 batters in 7 1/3 innings. Baltimore by no means had a runner in scoring place when Cortes was on the mound.

“The at-bats had been robust. We couldn’t get something going,” Hyde mentioned. “We had nothing going with Cortes. Give him credit score. He’s pitching excellent proper now.”

The one factor the Orioles had been in a position to do was maintain Aaron Decide at 61 homers. The Yankees’ slugger went 0-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch, a pair of strikeouts and two walks. Clearly the latter didn’t sit effectively with Yankee followers.

“We had an thought going into the sequence what it was going to be like,” mentioned reliever Spenser Watkins. “The plan of assault was simply to hit sure places. If solely we might be good each single pitch, however there wasn’t any sense of making an attempt to be reserved or not go after him.”