The Baltimore Orioles fanbase wasn’t overly excited when the O’s brought in Chirinos and Odor, but what they are doing this year is preparing the future.
Coming into this season, all eyes were on Adley Rutschman, and when he would be making his MLB debut. So the fact the Mike Elias and the Baltimore Orioles brought in Robinson Chirinos, confused a lot of folks. Nothing against Chirinos, but this isn’t who may of us thought would be starting on the Opening Day.
On the other hand; Rougned Odor… Flair, power, and just an overall difference than what we are used to in Charm City. Rougie has been somewhat of a chippy second baseman with more heart and passion, than maybe skills. Odor’s .180 BA over his first 20 games and his five errors in 143 chances have been woeful, but over the past 10 days, things have exploded.
In all actuality, bot he and Robinson Chirinos have been heating up this month. Sticking with Rougie, since the 16th, he’s has hit .303, with nine RBI’s, and five super clutch extra base hits. Chirinos showed up in style during the Tampa Bay series helping the O’s take two from the flashy Rays. The Alley Cat mentality that the O’s have brought on, has really started with these two.
Baltimore Orioles: 2 off-season additions that are grooming the future
They have brought a lot of grit and hard-fought love to the Baltimore Orioles. From the Call of Duty celebration, to the home run chain, things just feel different in Baltimore. Away from the stats and the pizzazz, comes a veteran know-with-all. From the growth of Adley, to this young pitching staff, it was the perfect idea to bring in this type of veteran catcher in Chirinos.
Jahmai Jones or Richie Martin are both on the hunt for the Baltimore Orioles second base slot, but for now, the O’s are in good hands with Odor. Him being a consistent name in the lineup keeps them in the minors, but it allows for more growth. I’m sure Mike Elias appreciates that, as he appears to be all in on growing and timing during the farm systems growth upward.
Do I think that these two will be on the Orioles roster next season? It’s honestly doubtful, but for all of the early season grumblings, these two have made it count and have turned around the early season doubters. This, is just another reason, in a long list of them, to trust the Orioles GM and believe in the rebuild.