Get to Know New Orioles Pitcher Jordan Lyles and His Connection to Mark Trumbo

Jordan Lyles makes his Baltimore Orioles debut on Saturday afternoon versus the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The Orioles signed the 31-year-old, free-agent righty in March after he spent the last two seasons with the Texas Rangers.

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Here are some odds and ends about the new Orioles pitcher:

  • Former Oriole Mark Trumbo is the batter who has homered the most off of Lyles. Trumbo has three homers versus Lyles, all of which came during the 2013 season.

  • Lyles has allowed one career home run at Tropicana Field. Former Rays third baseman Mike Brosseau took Lyles deep last April. He’s also allowed one career home run at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Kelvin Gutierrez took Lyles deep on Sept. 25, 2021.

  • Lyles took a perfect game into the eighth inning on May 15, 2018 while pitching for the San Diego Padres. Trevor Story broke up the perfect game with a one-out single for the Colorado Rockies. Said Lyles afterward: “We made a good pitch. It was a clean hit, so it was all good.”

  • Lyles pitched his first career shutout and hit his first career home run in the same game on Sept. 30, 2012. Lyles’ complete-game effort for the Houston Astros eliminated the Milwaukee Brewers from playoff contention. He’s hit two career home runs.


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A Baltimore Orioles Road Opener at The Trop Brings to Mind One Not-So-Special Memory

Welcome to the 2022 baseball season. The Orioles face the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Friday. An afternoon road opener at The Trop is what us deeply scarred O’s fans might call The Mike Gonzalez Special.

Mike Gonzalez took over as the O’s closer in 2010. The high-priced veteran reliever came to a squad hoping to end its run of a dozen consecutive losing seasons. Spoiler alert: It didn’t even come close to happening.

Some were hopeful headed into 2010: “After 12 straight losing seasons, optimism is high in Baltimore that 2010 could be the season the Orioles move back over the .500 mark … The starting nine is arguably as good as any in baseball. The question for the Orioles is all about whether the team has the pitching to become competitive.”

Others, less so: “Why would the Orioles sign an expensive veteran reliever to close in 2010? If the team was a contender, I could see it. But this team is not a contender and an expensive closer is a luxury that losing teams cannot afford. I am a little perplexed by the deal.”

Gonzalez demonstrated immediately that the pessimism was more warranted as he completed the first leg of a rare season-opening double-double. Gonzalez blew the save in the road opener before blowing the home opener just a few days later.

The 2010 Orioles started 1-10 on their way to a 96-loss season that featured three different managers: Dave Trembley, Juan Samuel, and Buck Showalter.

The O’s traded Gonzalez to the Texas Rangers in August 2011 for a player to be named later that ended up being Pedro Strop.


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Talking Orioles Baseball and … That Cedric Mullins Triple

Congratulations, Cedric Mullins, you joined catcher Gus Triandos in a 27-way tie for 189th place on the Baltimore Orioles‘ career triples list on Monday with six three-baggers.

It was an unusual triple by Mullins, to say the least. During a rebuild, unusual plays are most welcome.

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Were I more ambitious, I would create a ranked list of the most unusual triples in Camden Yards history. Instead, I’m going to write about one unusual triple by a guy who ranks among my all-time favorite Orioles, Sam Horn.

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