Wind: 1.01 m/h
Well into the midnight hour, I was laying in bed winding down after a night of bowling. I was enjoying the Orioles-Mariners game, of which the O’s were trailing 1-0.
Then, the Birds proceeded to wake me up.
Cedric Mullins hit a two-run bomb, pushing the O’s ahead. After an RBI groundout from Mikael Franco, Freddy Galvis launched another two-run bomb into the Seattle sky, giving the O’s a 5-1 lead.
So much for sleeping.
Aside from enjoying the comeback, which was exhilarating, I finally thought about Galvis, a guy who I’d written off weeks ago.
I was wrong.
Of all the Orioles hitters, I didn’t expect a 31-year-old journeyman to be a reliable force in the lineup.
I mean, how could anyone expect a shortstop who’s played on four teams in four seasons with a career OPS of .679 to provide stability and production? No reasonable person would’ve come to that conclusion.
But here we are.
Galvis’ batting line is up to .265/.315/.470, an easily respectable slash for a stopgap signing by general manager Mike Elias. After a disastrous start, Galvis has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games, a stretch that includes three home runs.
Combine that with sturdy defense in the middle infield, and the Orioles have one of the best under-the-radar acquisitions of the offseason.
I’m not expecting Galvis’ hot streak to continue for the rest of the year — his advanced stats are quite poor and his xBA is a paltry .228. Galvis’ BABIP is .317, slightly above league average, so his production should fall a little.
But for now, I’m thankful that the Orioles found a competent major leaguer to fill the gaping hole at shortstop. Galvis may not even finish the season in Baltimore, as a reliable middle infielder will always carry some value at the traded deadline and the O’s will probably be in sell mode. Younger prospects like Richie Martin aren’t ready to take the baton yet, so Galvis’ value is more than just his numbers.
So enjoy it now, folks. This rebuild has been brutal for the fanbase. We watched one of the most talented Orioles ever get traded for a weak package of prospects, we saw another Orioles great leave and play for another team and of course, we’ve seen a lot of losing.
I’m glad I was wrong about Galvis. Hopefully I’m wrong about the Orioles’ mindset come July, too.