UPDATE: So much for that. After Stephen Drew popped out to begin the bottom of the eighth inning, Chris Young hit a double to the right-center field gap to break up Cobb’s no-hit bid.
9:09 p.m. ET: The Yankees aren’t at 100 percent tonight and Rays right-hander Alex Cobb is taking advantage. He hasn’t allowed a hit through his first seven innings of work. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay holds a 4-0 lead.
Cobb has allowed three baserunners, including a dropped fly ball from Kevin Kiermaier to begin the bottom of the third inning and two walks in the seventh. He’s currently sitting at 94 pitches.
Matt Garza threw the first and only no-hitter in Rays history on July 26, 2010 against the Tigers. Stay tuned to see if Cobb will be the second.
The Orioles don’t yet have the worst record in baseball. They’re tied for the most losses with 16, but they have two more wins than the Marlins and one more than the Royals, so let’s say that they have overachieved to this point. Kudos to being a bit plucky in the early going!
But make no mistake: the Orioles are not a good team and I suspect they will soon be the worst in the league. When they are, they will likely get blown out quite often and when they are blown out they will put position players on the mound more than almost any other team. Heck, they’ve done it three times already this year and the season is only three weeks old.
The latest Orioles position player to pitch was catcher Jesús Sucre, who took the mound in last night’s 12-2 loss to the White Sox. And he wasn’t half bad! He retired the side in order and needed only nine pitches to do so:
There once was a time when it was a novelty to see a position player pitching. It happens all the time now, partially because of blowouts, partially because teams have decided it’s better to get embarrassed a bit than to burn a bullpen arm in a game they’ve given up trying to win.
I suspect the Orioles will take the practice to a whole new level in 2019, though. For better or for worse.