Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is out of the lineup tonight for the third straight game, as manager Mike Redmond goes with rookie J.T. Realmuto behind the plate.
Saltalamacchia made it clear that he’s not happy with the benching, but told Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post that he’ll avoid making a big fuss publicly:
Am I mad? Yeah I’m mad, I want to play. I’m not going to hurt this team. I’m not going to be the reason that causes a distraction. No hard feelings whatsoever. I want to win. My job is to help the team win so whatever I can do to help is what I’m going to do.
That’s just about a perfect response, so credit to Saltalamacchia for that, although Redmond did say that their private conversation was “touchy.”
He’s in the second season of a three-year, $21 million deal, but has struggled defensively while going 2-for-22 this season and hitting .213 in 121 games for the Marlins overall. If the Marlins want to play the 24-year-old Realmuto trying to trade Saltalamacchia would make more sense than forcing him into a backup role.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.