Baltimore Orioles

AL East

Dwight Smith Jr. went 1-for-3 with two RBI before leaving the game with a tight left quadriceps, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Fantasy Impact: Smiths' status has not been updated by the team but it does not sound like too serious of an injury. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on updates to see if he will miss any games.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


Dylan Bundy gave up four runs, two of which were earned, over six innings in a loss to the Twins on Sunday. Bundy also walked one batter while striking out four.

Fantasy Impact: This was probably Bundy's best pitching performance of the season as he is off to a slow start. Bundy's earned run average dropped to 6.56 for the year. Bundy is scheduled to face the Twins in Minnesota again next week.

Category: Game Recaps


Jonathan Villar went 3-for-5 at the plate scoring a run while driving in a run and also stole two bases as the Orioles lost to the Twins on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Villar is now hitting .274 with a .337 on-base percentage, three homers, nine RBI, 15 runs scored and six stolen bases over 23 games. The veteran infielder should be owned in all fantasy leagues and is a good bet to go 20-20 this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Cedric Mullins went an overall 1-for-7 combined in both games of the doubleheader against the Twins on Saturday. Mullins also had a steal.

Fantasy Impact: Mullins is in a major slump hitting just 1-for-25 with seven strikeouts over his last seven games. For the season the 24-year-old outfielder is hitting .095 with four RBI and seven runs scored. Look for Mullins to get benched soon and may end up back in Triple-A.

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Chris Davis went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and run scored in the first game of a doubleheader against the Twins on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: After a record-setting hitless streak beginning to the season, Davis is starting to hit. The veteran slugger is 7-for-17 with six RBI over his last five games played. Fantasy owners in deep AL-only formats may want to grab Davis is they need some power in their lineup.

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Renato Nunez went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in the Orioles' 16-7 loss to the Twins in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Nunez has been one of the few bright spots for the Orioles this season. The 25-year-old slugger is hitting .304 with a .345 on-base percentage with five home runs, 16 RBI and 14 runs scored. Fantasy owners in 12 team leagues and deeper should be looking at grabbing Nunez if he is on the waiver wire.

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Alex Cobb (0-1) allowed nine runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out two over 2 2/3 innings in a 16-7 loss to the Twins on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Cobb had just come off the IL on Saturday and was making his second start of the season. The veteran righty definitely did not look sharp. Cobb now has an 11.88 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP over two starts. Cobb faces the Twins again in his next start on Friday.

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Dan Straily gave up three runs over five innings on six hits in a no-decision against the Twins on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader. Straily also walked three and struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: Straily has not been overly impressive in his first season as an Orioles starter. He has a 1-1 record with an 8.59 ERA over 14 2/3 innings. Straily faces the Twins again in his next start.

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Trey Mancini went 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and a walk as the Orioles defeated the Rays by a 5-4 score in a game that went into extra-innings.

Fantasy Impact: Mancini has been a pleasant surprise at the plate for fantasy owners this season. On the year the 27-year-old is hitting .338 with six homers, 12 RBI and 19 runs scored. Mancini should be owned in all leagues.

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Joey Rickard went 4-for-5 a the plate with a double, a triple, two RBI, a run scored, a stolen base and a walk in Thursday's win over Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Rickard has really been struggling at the plate to start the year so a game like this is nice to see as he may start to turn things around. On the year, Rickard is hitting .212 with one home run and four RBI over 20 games.

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Mychal Givens allowed a run in the ninth inning to blow his first save chance of the season as the Orioles were able to come back and beat the Rays by a 5-4 score.

Fantasy Impact: Givens came into the season highly drafted as it looked like he had the Orioles closer role locked down. But the team has used a committee approach and other members of the pen have been getting the save chances. while Givens is used in high leverage roles throughout the game. Unless he becomes the ninth inning guy for the Orioles, Givens can be dropped in most leagues.

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Andrew Cashner allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six over five innings Thursday in a no-decision against Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Cashner has bounced back nicely from getting rocked in his first start of the season giving up six runs. Since then Cashner is 3-0 over four starts with a 3.38 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. The veteran righty is worth a pickup in deeper fantasy leagues as well as AL-only formats.

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David Hess (1-3) took the loss Wednesday, giving up six runs on eight hits, three of which were home runs over two innings as the Orioles were beaten 8-1 by the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Hess looked great in his first start of the season but his three since he has given up 13 runs over 12 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old righty should be avoided in fantasy. Hess next faces the White Sox at home on Monday.

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John Means tossed five innings of one-run ball scattering four hits and a walk while striking out three on Sunday in a loss to the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Means looked good on Sunday but didn't get any support from his offense as David Price of the Red Sox shut them down. Look for Means to get another shot at starting and is slated to pitch against the Twins at home.

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Orioles placed LHP Richard Bleier on the 10-day injured list with shoulder tendinitis. (Source: Rich Dubroff on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bleier complained about his shoulder after his appearance against the A's on Tuesday. Bleier is almost 10 months removed from serious lat surgery and the Orioles will be cautious with the reliever and his shoulder and could be on the IL for more that the required 10 days.

Category: Injury Updates


Rio Ruiz went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk as the Orioles lost the Athletics by a 10-3 score on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Ruiz has been getting most of the playing time at third base for the Orioles to start the season. But the 24-year old infielder has not been doing much at the plate hitting .206 with a .282 on-base percentage over 11 games played. Ruiz is not worth owning in fantasy.

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Nate Karns has been placed on IL by the Orioles on Tuesday. RHP Evan Phillips will be called up from Triple-A Norfolk to fill the void in the Baltimore bullpen. (Source: Roch Kubatko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Karns hits the IL after a solid start to the 2019 season. In 5.1 innings pitched this year, the 31-year old had five strikeouts, three walks and no earned runs. With Phillips being called up as Karns' fill-in, he brings 11.2 career innings pitched along with a 13.11 ERA, 1.97 WHIP, 10 walks and eight strikeouts.

Category: Injury Updates


Hanser Alberto went 1-for-5 and drove in two runs on Monday as the Orioles defeated the Athletics by a 12-4 score.

Fantasy Impact: Alberto has been getting some chances to play at third base for the Orioles and is making the most of his opportunities. The 26-year-old infielder is hitting .421 with three RBI over 19 at-bats. Alberto is a career utility infielder and will cool off soon enough and is not worth adding in fantasy.

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Austin Wynns is making progress with his oblique injury but remains two weeks away from getting into game action, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports. (Source: Rich Dubroff on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wynns will need a rehab assignment before getting behind the plate for the Orioles. The veteran should slide into a starting role at catcher when he gets back. For now, Jesus Sucre is seeing most of the playing time.

Category: Injury Updates


Miguel Castro gave up a solo home run and recorded one strikeout to earn the save in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Toronto.

Fantasy Impact: The Orioles have picked up four saves so far this season and all of them have gone to different relievers and none of them were Mychal Givens who was presumed to be the closer. Castro is usually used in a set-up role and should be owned in leagues that count both holds as a category.

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