Baltimore Orioles: Mike Wright won’t be skipped
The Baltimore Orioles won’t skip Mike Wright again in the rotation due to a rainout.
You have to feel badly for Mike Wright of the Baltimore Orioles. He was skipped in the rotation the first time around because of a rainout. Then he was supposed to pitch yesterday in the series finale in Texas, however that got washed away also – by a two-day monsoon that was descending on the Dallas area.
Wright probably feared that with the off day he’d be skipped again, however that’s not the case. His start is merely being deferred to tomorrow. The Orioles are reshuffling their rotation with the benefit of today’s off day (and yesterday’s impromptu off day) overall.
Wright will start in the series opener at home tomorrow night against Toronto. Ubaldo Jimenez will start on Wednesday, and Chris Tillman in the series finale on Thursday. And on we’ll go from there.
The O’s are victim to a bit of a strange schedule to start off the year. They of course had a six-game homestand, followed by a seven-game road swing (shortened to six games due to the rainout). However now they return home for three games against division rival Toronto, before heading out on the road for another six games in Kansas City and Tampa.
However with the unbalanced schedule, I suspect that every team will have a stretch like that. May looks much more “favorable,” given that they have a ten-game homestand stuck in. In fact, there are three consecutive weekends in which the Orioles will find themselves at home in May.
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Tough stretches of the schedule will make things tougher for your pitching, and this is no exception. But thus far the Orioles have been troopers about it. The good news is that generally teams will send their next day’s starter ahead to the next city early on getaway day so as to get him settled in the team hotel and to get some extra rest.
Incidentally about May, there’s one quirk for the O’s that’s probably going to be unwelcome. They finish a series at home on a Thursday, only to begin a series on the west coast the following night. And unfortunately those things happen sometimes. Luckily the league gives teams the liberty to start games at times of their choice, and the final game of the homestand will begin at 12:30 that afternoon.
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Today is the first off day for the Birds since the day after Opening Day, which I suspect is welcome for the players. They’ll need the rest, as Toronto comes in tomorrow, for a key early-season AL East test of wills.