The third-place Birds are now closer to last than first, with the division-leading Yankees coming to town. The Orioles were so hard to watch all week getting swept by the Twins and Astros. Theyve now lost seven straight games and 13 of their last 16 to drop 4.5 games behind the Yankees five in the loss column.
Andrew Marchand Eddie Matz A lot can happen between now and November 2018. That's when Manny Machado's contract expires, sparking what's sure to be an intense bidding war for one of the best players in the game. Will he choose to stay with the only team he has ever known, or will he opt for a certain division rival that has a habit of seducing superstar free agents? (Or will he go for what's behind door No. 3?) With the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles kicking off a key three-game set at Camden Yards (1 p.m. ET, ESPN), baseball writers Andrew Marchand and Eddie Matz debate. Marchand: Machado makes a lot of sense for the Yankees, because he seems like A-Rod with less drama and just as much
Memorial Day means a lot of good stuff: The ostensible start of summer, BBQ, warm weather, and of course the first real milestone of the fantasy baseball season. OF Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates: The suspension of Starling Marte has created an opening in the Bucs outfield, and that spot has been dutifully nabbed by Frazier, who added a pair of homers and six RBI last week to his considerable on-base skills. OF Cameron Maybin, Los Angeles Angels: Getting full-time play for the first time in five years, and still just 30, Maybin has accelerated his yearly totals this past week with a .318 average and two homers to go with three steals and six runs. OF Ender Inciarte, Atlanta Braves: A career .291 hitter, Inciarte began the season slowly, including being slowed by a wrist injury, but over the past seven days the outfielder has hit .433 with a pair of RBI and five runs scored, bringing his season line to .278 with five homers, 18 RBI and a solid nine swipes.