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Orioles’ Dylan Bundy Has Historically Bad Outing Against Royals

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It’s been a disastrous start to the season for the Baltimore Orioles, and it only got worse on Tuesday night.

Facing the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards, Orioles starter Dylan Bundy took the mound looking to get back on track following two bad starts in a row.

It didn’t happen.

Bundy faced seven hitters, retired none of them, and was pulled from the game looking at a 7-0 deficit.

Let’s recap what the Royals did to poor ol’ Bundy in order:

Jon Jay: single
Jorge Soler: two-run homer (KC 2-0)
Mike Moustakas: solo homer (KC 3-0)
Salvador Perez: solo homer (KC 4-0)
Lucas Duda: walk
Whit Merrifield: walk
Alex Gordon: three-run homer (7-0)

And that was all she wrote for Bundy after throwing 28 pitches, just 13 of them strikes, and four of those strikes leaving the yard.

Bundy’s meltdown on the mound marked the first time in the modern era (since 1900) that a pitcher has allowed four homers in a game without recording an out.

Yikes.

Baltimore allowed 10 runs in the first inning overall, losing the game 15-7, and falling to a woeful 8-27 on the season.

What started off as a strong season for Bundy has gone drastically south. After recording a 1.42 ERA in his first five starts (5 ER, 31 2/3 IP), the right-hander has posted a 19.00 clip (nine innings) in his last three, seeing his season ERA rise to 5.31.

You’ve got to think that something must be up with Bundy. One doesn’t simply dominate in his first five starts before turning into a single-A pitcher in his next three, with Tuesday being by far the worst of them. Just a total disaster.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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