In a surprise move last Thursday, the Baltimore Orioles called up Manny Machado to take over most of the time at third base while Wilson Betemit and Mark Reynolds split time at first base. Machado had an awesome four-game series against Kansas City to begin his career. He got a hit in all four games as he went 6 for 16 with five runs scored, a double, triple and three homers to go with seven RBI. I wasn’t completely convinced Machado was ready to see full time action with his .266 batting average with Double-A Bowie and his high strikeout rate.
Jordan Zimmermann made it look easy Thursday and is quietly putting himself into the conversation of the National League Cy Young Award. Zimmermann had recently been dealing with minor shoulder inflammation, but obviously he had no issues Thursday. In his previous start Zimmerman gave up four earned runs in five innings, which snapped an impressive run of dominant outings. He restarted that streak Thursday, tying a career high with 11 strikeouts and allowing only three hits over six scoreless innings as the Nationals completed a four-game sweep of the Astros.