Clint Frazier didn’t get to celebrate the night of his promotion to the majors.
There were too many boxes to check off on a suddenly existent to-do list. The outfielder had to race back to his Boston hotel room, pack a bag and get to bed. A 7 a.m. flight would deliver Frazier to Houston, where he would debut with the Yankees on July 1.
Orioles (vs. Rangers)
Status heading into series: 42-49, 9 back in the NL Central, 5.5 out of a wild-card spot
The bright side: The window on this current group is closing (more on that in a moment), and if they sweep the Rangers, one of the teams above them in the wild-card race, maybe it’s worth a push. That Orioles’ lineup is still powerful, with Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Johnathan Schoop, Manny Machado, Mark Trumbo and Trey Mancini leading the way.
On the other hand: Their rotation is kind of awful, and it’s hard to imagine that group making a playoff push. The Orioles just don’t have the prospects necessary — their farm system is in the bottom third of the majors in terms of talent — to trade for the starters they’d need to upgrade that group, either. Speaking of that, look at the group of players eligible to become free agents after either 2017 or 2018 — Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Zach Britton, J.J. Hardy, Wellington Castillo and Brad Brach. Moving those guys now or in the offseason would provide an instant influx of talent in the farm system and greatly improve the franchise’s chances of contending for a World Series title in 2019-20.