Baltimore Orioles: Brandon Hyde’s Candid Statement The Only Positive From West Coast Trip
The Baltimore Orioles went 1-6 on their west coast trip this week, and there was only one real positive moment: Brandon Hyde’s honesty.
2019 has been even uglier than imaginable for the Baltimore Orioles. After losing 115 games in 2018, the O’s are on pace to drop 117 this season.
This week was one of the worst of this long season as the Orioles went 1-6 on their seven-game trip to the west coast. They were swept by the Oakland A’s during the work week and dropped three out of four in the Seattle Mariners over the weekend.
Rookie manager Brandon Hyde has walked into perhaps the worst situation of any first-year manager of all-time. His Orioles are in the early stages of a long rebuild and Hyde, who’s still learning how to manage at the big league level does not have much talent to work with.
Despite having arguably having a Triple-A level roster, the rookie skipper is not making excuses for his team’s poor play. After the Birds 16-2 loss to the A’s Tuesday, the skipper spoke very honestly about his pitching staff’s struggles when talking to the media post game.
"“It was 6-2 in the sixth inning and then it was just really bad baseball after that,” he said. “Pretty embarrassing again, and with a bullpen day tomorrow, we’re in a tough spot. That’s hard to watch.” Hyde said following the loss. “You’ve got to be able to get people out in the big leagues. You get paid to get people out and we just have nights when we do and have nights when we don’t.”"
No the Orioles pitching staff doesn’t have a single marquee name, but Hyde is absolutely right these are big league pitchers who get paid to get batters out. The staff simply isn’t getting the job done. Baltimore ranks worst in the majors in ERA (5.76) and m second worst in runs allowed (481).
Instead of making excuses that in all fairness would be reasonable Hyde chose to call them out and let the whole world know he expects better. That is exactly what anyone should want from a manager.
If we learned anything positive from this road trip, it’s that Brandon Hyde is the right man to guide the Baltimore Orioles through this rebuild and hopefully back to relevance.