Nice! Chris Davis is back from his oblique injury, which means the Orioles will, wait what? Matt Wieters is going on the DL with a right elbow strain?!?! Son of a ….
For once, I thought the O’s were going to have their offense at 100 percent. Manny Machado’s recovery from his knee injury kept him out at the start of this year; then when he came back, Davis got hurt. Now Davis is back, but Wieters is banged up.
I still can’t wait to see this lineup at full power, but judging by the injury to Wieters that might not happen. Reports say that the Orioles will opt to have him rest his elbow for now, but surgery could be likely. If so, then he could miss a good chunk of the season if not the rest of it. It’s a shame because Wieters is having a great season, batting .308 with five home runs.
Even with a few injuries, the O’s are now in first place, leading the New York Yankees by a game and a half. What’s interesting is that they’re the only team in first place with a negative run differential (-2). Still, first place is first place.
So, even though Wieters might miss some significant time, I do have some good news. It looks like Ubaldo Jimenez was excited to start pitching in May after his horrendous April. During that dark month, Jimenez was 0-4 with a horrid 6.59 ERA. By contrast, in two May starts he is 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA and actually picked up his first quality start of the season against the Minnesota Twins on May 2.
Hopefully Jimenez can keep that up the rest of the way.
Some additional good news: The O’s are getting the job done when it matters. The O’s have four guys batting over .300 when runners are in scoring position. Chris Davis is batting .375 in such situations, while Wieters and J.J. Hardy are hitting .357, and Adam Jones is batting .324.
This week the O’s have a tough three-game matchup against the Detroit Tigers at home before hitting the road to face the Kansas City Royals for a four-game series. The O’s wrap up that Kansas City series on May 18 with their 13th consecutive game played. Win or lose (and let’s hope they win, obviously), their day off on May 19 will be well-deserved.
by Andy Mindzak