Somehow, someway the Orioles continue trucking along. Cedric Mullins remains sidelined, but the Birds have been able to make do. Aaron Hicks has regained his form from many years ago, Gunnar Henderson may be breaking out, and the team’s best form could yet be ahead of it.
The Mullins absence has sent Brandon Hyde searching for his replacement atop the daily lineup. For a while, Adam Frazier seemed to be the top choice, but with his numbers slipping other options emerged. Austin Hays was given a shot, and most recently it has been Henderson that’s given it a go.
Hyde is yet to settle on one name over another, and he may not have to. But there are scenarios where Adley Rutschman might make sense in that spot, or even Hicks if he keeps getting on base the way he has since joining the Birds. Hopefully all of this is just temporary and Mullins makes his way back soon. He remains the best possible choice, and allows the likes of Henderson, Hays and others to slide down into run-producing roles, where they best fit.
On this week’s episode, it’s just the Ginsburg brothers. They discuss lineup options plus Hicks’ instant success, the promotion push from Norfolk, and potential all-stars.
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