All-Star Game without Orioles' All-Star

July 10, 2019 - 10:54 am

BALTIMORE – A disappointing All-Star Game for Orioles’ fans when they realized John Means probably would not take the mound. 

Not only did Baltimore’s hidden gem not make a mound appearance but neither did Gerrit Cole and Ryan Pressly from the Astros.  This was Cole’s third All-Star appearance, and Pressly’s first.  That doesn’t matter though for Baltimore fans.  The Astros had a total of five players representing their team this year in the All-Star Game.   Jose Berriors, Shane Bieber (game MVP), Liam Hendriks, and Masahiro Tanaka all pitched one inning but they were all replacements for other pitchers. Berriors replaced the injured Jake Odorizzi, Tanaka replaced the injured Marcus Stroman, Bieber replaced Minor who was advised to not play so he could be ready for the second half of the season, and Hendricks replaced Charlie Morton.  

Disappointing? You bet, especially when Hand loaded the bases in the eighth inning, but in a game that is supposed to be more for the fans, do you replace him?  Do you replace him in his teams’ stadium, too?  Probably not.  Hand threw the most pitches Tuesday night with 33. Giants’ pitcher, Will Smith, threw only three pitches facing only two batters.  Brandon Woodruff was replaced by Smith, throwing just 12 pitches.   

Alex Cora, American-League manager, said on SiriusXM, that the order for pitching would be: Verlander, Tanaka, Berrios, Lucas Giolito, then Bieber.  The rest of the game would go as relievers.  Boston comes to town to face the Orioles in a three-game series in nine days.  Means will most likely start that series.    

The positive thing Baltimore fans can take out of this is that Means just gets another day of rest. Means is sitting at a 2.50 ERA with a 7-4 record in 82.2 IP.  Means takes the mound again on Saturday against the Rays in the second game of the series.    Means has the second lowest ERA in the American League right now.