It was understood when Trey Mancini had some early-season struggles.
He missed all of last season because of colon cancer treatment and would need time to readjust to major-league pitching.
Mancini is certainly back on track.
He leads the club in home runs (seven) and RBIs (29), and is second behind center fielder Cedric Mullins in hits (36). Mancini is also batting a team-best .370 (17-for-46) with runners in scoring position.
“Since maybe the last game against the Yankees here [April 29] before our West Coast trip, I felt as good as I ever have,” said Mancini, who is batting .252/.308/.448 on the season. “I just feel like I lined out 50 times. That’s the name of the game.
“But I’m trying to do what I can up there and just focus on my approach and not the result and I think that’s produced hard contact pretty consistently. So I feel really good about my at-bats lately.”
Lopez Looking To Build On Last Start
Orioles right-hander Jorge Lopez got a boost of confidence with his last start, and now he’s looking to carry that momentum into his next outing against the Yankees May 15.
After struggling to go deep into a game, Lopez pitched his best game of the season May 10, allowing just one run and four hits in 5.2 innings — his longest start of the season — in a 4-1 victory against Boston.
While he’s given up two or runs or fewer in five of his last six starts, he had not pitched into the sixth inning prior to May 10. Lopez is 1-3 with a 5.63 ERA in six starts (32 innings) this season.
“I’ve been battling the last couple of games,” Lopez said. “Getting through that [fifth] inning gave me more confidence to just keep pushing and pushing.”
Lopez has posted an ERA of 2.51 ERA in his last three starts against the Yankees, Mariners and Red Sox.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde knew the importance of Lopez pitching into the sixth inning against Boston. After allowing a leadoff double to Hunter Renfroe in the fifth, the outlook did not look secure. However, Lopez got out of the jam with a couple of strikeouts and a grounder to shortstop.
Hyde’s patience paid off.
“I was going to do anything I could to get him through that inning,” Hyde said. “I was hoping we would have a little more of a lead and maybe a little cushion for him, but like normal, we didn’t. I’m proud of him for getting through five and into the sixth inning, so I think he feels good about that.”
The key now is for Lopez to keep the momentum going against the Yankees, who managed just two runs and four hits against him April 29.
Galvis Sparks Lineup
Shortstop Freddy Galvis has been a bright spot in the Orioles’ lineup the past two weeks.
After batting .167/.255/.262 during the first 13 games of the season, Galvis has since out together a 10-game hitting streak that ended May 11 during which he batted .377 — second-best in the American League.
“I think I’m sticking with my plan and trying to get a good pitch to hit,” Galvis said. “At the beginning of the season I was missing a lot of fastballs right in the zone, and right now I’m putting a good swing on the baseball, especially the fastballs, and getting good results.”
Overall, Galvis is batting .279/.339/.481 with four home runs and 12 RBIs on the season. He has also made some highlight-reel plays defensively.
Galvis signed a $1.5 million deal in January to replace José Iglesias, who was traded to the Angels. Prior to joining the Orioles, hee had hit .247/.291/.385 over nine major-league seasons with the Phillies, Padres, Blue Jays and Reds.
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