Gunnar Henderson’s transfer to the highest of the order tonight makes him the fifth-youngest Orioles leadoff hitter in membership historical past, in addition to the youngest since Manny Machado on Sept. 22, 2013.
Henderson, at 21 years and 83 days, is the youngest participant to bat leadoff within the majors because the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr on Aug. 13, 2019.
Manager Brandon Hyde is looking for a spark for the offense in opposition to Tigers left-hander Joey Wentz.
“We’ve had a troublesome time in opposition to left-handed pitching, particularly of late, and identical to the swings that he is been taking,” Hyde mentioned. “Giving it a attempt. Like to see him be on the high of the order and get as many at-bats as doable.”
The Orioles are 27-19 in opposition to left-handed starters this season, however Tyler Alexander no-hit them for six innings final evening. Rich Hill began on Sept. 11 when the Red Sox shut out the Orioles 1-0.
“I really feel like up to now few years that our greatest shot was in opposition to left-handed pitching as a result of we had been so right-handed,” Hyde mentioned.
“I do not know. We’ve had a troublesome time staying on the baseball just a little bit. I assumed Alexander did an ideal job of pitching to each side of the plate yesterday, however we have got to take higher at-bats in opposition to left-handed pitching and have the ability to actually preserve the middle-of-the-field strategy. Hopefully, we will begin doing that as we speak.”
Cedric Mullins is on the bench tonight. Hyde mentioned Mullins is ok bodily and he simply needed Ryan McKenna within the lineup versus a lefty.
“Just giving him a time off as we speak,” Hyde mentioned.
Tyler Wells will make his subsequent begin this weekend in opposition to the Astros at Camden Yards. Hyde mentioned there hasn’t been any discuss of shutting him down.
Wells has logged 103 2/3 innings with the Orioles in his first season as a starter within the majors. He totaled 57 final yr as a Rule 5 reliever.
An indirect harm price Wells about six weeks of the 2022 season. He’s made three begins this month and did not retire a batter within the fourth inning final evening.
“As of proper now he is beginning his subsequent begin, in order that hasn’t modified,” Hyde mentioned. “It’s going to go start-to-start, however there isn’t any consideration to shutting him down proper now or something like that. We have not even mentioned it, truthfully.”
Wells talked about final evening that some gamers could be placing an excessive amount of strain on themselves down the stretch, with video games disappearing and the margin for the final wild card race holding or rising.
“I feel these guys are attempting actual arduous,” Hyde mentioned. “I feel the trouble’s been nice, and the video games we have not performed effectively, there’s been some frustration as a result of, I assume if you wish to say that is placing strain on your self to attempt to do in addition to you presumably can and keep on this factor so long as you presumably can. But a number of these guys are taking part in in video games they’ve by no means performed in earlier than, and I feel they’re going to simply be higher due to it.”
Hyde has emphasised to his membership the significance of with the ability to “end,” wherever it lands within the standings. Not to let up. Go arduous earlier than maybe going residence.
The Orioles are 8-9 this month after posting successful data in June, July and August.
“Let’s end what we began and win as many video games as doable, and hopefully we’re nonetheless taking part in after Game 162,” Hyde mentioned. “But if not, to have the ability to end the season as strong as we presumably can. That’s actually vital.
“We’re giving a number of younger guys some nice expertise proper now. We’re making an attempt to win each sport doable. We’re taking part in a number of aggressive video games. Last evening was not one in all them, however hopefully we will get again to taking part in like we all know the best way to.”
Spenser Watkins was scratched from tonight’s begin with Triple-A Norfolk, maybe to maintain him accessible in case the Orioles want a recent arm. He was chosen Sept. 7 and should keep down 15 days except changing an injured participant.
For the Tigers
Riley Greene CF
Willi Castro SS
Javier Báez DH
Harold Castro 2B
Spencer Torkelson 1B
Kerry Carpenter RF
Eric Haase C
Jeimer Candelario 3B
Akil Baddoo LF
Joey Wentz LHP