The Baltimore Orioles are seeing good things thus far in camp out of presumed starter, Dylan Bundy. He was given the start in this afternoon’s matinee in Lakeland against the Detroit Tigers, and with great results. Bundy’s line: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.
The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the third on Giavotella’s RBI-single. That third inning ended up being a six-run affair, with the Birds putting run after run on the board. Orioles fans can’t be upset by the fact that the Birds’ B-team put up a crooked number against Detroit’s starters. Whether that reflects more on Detroit or the Orioles is another story. But the O’s sure did clamp down on Detroit at the plate.
For the purposes of the game itself, Bundy set a tone that was followed by the entire team. And that’s what you want from your starter in any game. The O’s also followed the recent move of allowing a “presumed starter” to go three innings. Bundy is expected to be in the rotation – both by the Orioles’ brass, as well as this writer!
Tomorrow should be an interesting day in Sarasota. The O’s will take a step out of Grapefruit League play and take on the Dominican Republic’s national team, who’s tuning up for the WBC. The Dominican Republic team features none other than Manny Machado – at shortstop. So the image of Machado playing at Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium against the Orioles will be a bit strange. But needless to say it’ll be an interesting day.
Kevin Gausman will head to the mound against the DR tomorrow, with no opposing starter having been announced yet for the DR. My understanding is that similar to the final tuneup in Norfolk against the Tides, this game won’t count against Grapefruit League standings – if you care about that type of thing. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.