Yesterday, we discussed the historic rate at which the Orioles are allowing home runs. Orioles pitchers combined to allow 100 homers on the season entering Wednesday’s action, putting them on pace for 338 over 162 games. That would break the all-time record by the Reds’ staff in 2016 , which allowed 258 round-trippers.
The Yankees in particular have contributed heavily to that 100-homer total. 29 percent, to be exact. Of those 29 homers, Gleyber Torres and Gary Sánchez hit eight each. The Yankees had 73 homers on the season, meaning 40 percent of their homers have come against the O’s.
The onslaught continued on Wednesday. Thairo Estrada and DJ LeMahieu each hit a two-run homer off of Dan Straily in the second inning. Torres followed up in the third with a solo homer. Gary Sánchez hit a bases-empty blast in the fourth, and Torres hit another solo shot in the fifth.
MASN’s Gary Thorne’s call of Torres’ second homer was fitting. “In the air to right field, Mancini going back on the ball by Torres. Way back. Up and — Gah! [chuckles] I don’t even know. Goodbye, home run. I mean…”
If you’re keeping score at home: Orioles pitching has now allowed 104 homers in 49 games, now a pace for 344 over 162 games. The Yankees have 77 homers on the year. Torres now has 12 homers to date with 10 of them — ten! — coming against the Orioles. Sánchez has 15 home runs with nine having been hit versus the O’s.
Fortunately for the Orioles, after the series finale on Thursday, they will not play the Yankees again until August 5.
Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.
That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.
Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.
Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.