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Jul 23, 2024 0 0 0 0 1
Jul 21, 2024 0 0 0 0 1
Jul 20, 2024 0 0 0 0 -1
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Jul 13, 2024 1 0 0 0 0.5

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Be it by design or happenstance, Austin Hays struck the ball harder, but less frequently last season. His expected batting average didn't change, but his actual mark jumped 25 points over the previous season. Hays expected and actual slugging percentage increased, fueling a career high 112 wRC+ since becoming an everyday player. Curiously, even though Hays strikeout rate increased, he was less aggressive swinging on pitches in and out of the zone but when he swung, his contact dropped on pitches in and out of the zone. Hays already solid defense in left field improved even more, helping to keep his bat in the lineup even though his production is below average for a corner outfielder. Hays attempted the same six stolen bases he did in 2022, but last season he swiped five, as opposed to just two the prior campaign. It's nothing to count on, but his success from last season could manifest more opportunities. Hays defines boring in a fantasy sense, but boring can help balance swinging for the fences elsewhere.

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2024 851.4 18 3 14 8 .248
2023 353.52.5 76 16 67 38 5 .275
2022 3342.3 66 16 60 34 2 .251
3y Avg. 348.52.5 72 18 66 33 4 .261
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Cleared to start Sunday

    Hays (adductor) will start in left field and bat sixth in Sunday's game against the Yankees. Hays exited early in Saturday's 6-1 loss to adductor soreness, but his inclusion in the lineup for the Orioles' final game before the All-Star break suggests that the injury isn't anything too serious. He'll be picking up his fourth start in five games Sunday, and Hays should have a clearer path to playing time following Heston Kjerstad's (concussion) recent placement on the injured list.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Racks up three hits in win

    Hays went 3-for-4 with two doubles, one RBI and one run scored in Friday's 3-2 win over the Athletics. Hays celebrated his 29th birthday with a strong game. The outfielder's playing time has been inconsistent, but he gets regular looks versus left-handed pitchers. He's slashing .365/.411/.538 against southpaws this year compared to .190/.261/.329 against righties, so it's likely Hays continues to play serve mostly in a short-side role. However, he'll be rewarded for his strong game Friday by sticking in the lineup Saturday as the left fielder versus right-hander Luis Medina.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Rejoining lineup Sunday

    Hays (knee) is starting in left field and batting fifth Sunday against the Rangers, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Hays hasn't been in the lineup since Tuesday while battling knee soreness, but he may have been on the bench the past few days regardless of the injury since Baltimore faced four straight right-handed starters. The 28-year-old will return to the starting nine Sunday as lefty Andrew Heaney takes the mound for Texas.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Dealing with knee soreness

    Hays is dealing with swelling and soreness in his knee, Andy Kostka of TheBaltimoreBanner.com reports. Hays jammed his knee while making a play in the outfield Tuesday and hasn't appeared in a game since. He could be available off the bench Saturday, but there's a chance the Orioles wait until his knee has fully recovered before putting him back in a game.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Goes deep in win

    Hays went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run and an additional run scored in Thursday's 17-5 win over the Yankees. Hays has gone 9-for-24 (.375) over his last nine games, though he also has a 1:7 BB:K in that span. The outfielder has had to settle for a short-side platoon role in left field recently, sharing the position with Colton Cowser. For the year, Hays has a .239/.298/.381 slash line with three homers, 12 RBI, 14 runs scored, seven doubles and no stolen bases over 45 contests.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: On bench again Sunday

    Hays is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies. Cedric Mullins appears to have taken back a regular spot in the Baltimore outfield from Hays, who has now sat in each of the Orioles' last three matchups with right-handed starting pitchers. Hays should continue to replace either Mullins or Colton Cowser in the lineup when the Orioles face lefties.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Day off Saturday

    Hays is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Phillies, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Hays will get a breather after he went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout in the team's 5-3 loss in extras in the series opener Friday. Colton Cowser will slide over to left field while Cedric Mullins enters the lineup in center field and bats seventh versus Philadelphia.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Hitting bench Thursday

    Hays is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against Atlanta. Hays went 4-for-8 with a double, an RBI and a run while starting in left field in the first two games of the series in Atlanta, but he'll take a seat for the finale. With Hays on the bench, the Orioles will roll out an outfield of Colton Cowser, Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander from left to right.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Three hits in return to lineup

    Hays went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored in Tuesday's 4-0 win over Atlanta. Hays hadn't started since Thursday after getting plunked in the ribs during that day's game. He had half of the Orioles' hits in his return to the starting lineup, and he played the full game in left field, so it appears he's 100 percent after short absence. The outfielder has gone 14-for-40 (.350) over his last 15 contests with six extra-base hits and six RBI in that span. His cold start to the year is still evident in his .234/.291/.362 slash line through 103 plate appearances, but Hays could reclaim a near-everyday role if he keeps hitting well. He's added two home runs, 10 RBI, 11 runs scored and no stolen bases over 38 games.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Back in lineup Tuesday

    Hays (ribs/back) will start in left field and bat fifth in Tuesday's game versus Atlanta. It's Hays' first start since he was hit in the ribs by a pitch Thursday, although he did make one appearance off the bench since then. With Hays back in the lineup, Colton Cowser will slide over to center field and Cedric Mullins will be parked on the bench.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Still out Monday

    Hays (ribs/back) remains out of the lineup for Monday's game in Tampa Bay. Hays hasn't made a start since he required X-rays after getting hit by a pitch in the left side of his ribs in the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays. He did enter mid-game Saturday versus the Rays and doubled, and the hope is that he will be available off the bench again Monday.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Not starting Sunday

    Hays (ribs) is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. Sunday marks the third straight game Hays will not start after being hit by a pitch in the ribs Thursday against Toronto. Hays did enter Saturday's 5-0 win for Ryan O'Hearn in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the former hit a double in the top of the ninth. Colton Cowser will shift to left field Sunday, while Cedric Mullins gets the start in center field against Rays right-hander Zack Littell.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Sitting again Saturday

    Hays (ribs) is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays. Hays will sit for a second straight game after being hit by a pitch in the ribs Thursday against Toronto. The lefty-hitting Kyle Stowers will start in left field Saturday and bat seventh against Rays right-hander Taj Bradley.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: X-rays return negative

    Hays (ribs) had X-rays come back negative, but he is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays, Jacob Calvin Meyer of The Baltimore Sunreports. Hays was hit by a pitch in the ribs Thursday and will be out of the lineup for at least one game as he deals with some bruising. It's possible he'll be available off the bench Friday. Colton Cowser will move to left field while Cedric Mullins starts in center and bats eighth.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Getting ribs checked out

    Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said that Hays is being examined after being hit the ribs by a pitch during Thursday's game versus the Blue Jays, Matt Weyrich of The Baltimore Sun reports. He was drilled in the left ribcage by a Yimi Garcia pitch in the top of the ninth inning. Hayes remained in the game to run the bases but was clearly in a lot of pain, so the Orioles wanted to get him checked out to make sure he didn't suffer any fractures. Aside from the hit by pitch, Hays struck out in his other three plate appearances Thursday.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Absent from lineup

    Hays is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game in Toronto. Hays went 3-for-7 with two home runs and a double in the first two games of the series, but he'll be given a breather for Wednesday's contest. Kyle Stowers will take over as the Orioles' starting left fielder.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Not in Monday's lineup

    Hays is absent from the lineup for Monday's contest against the Red Sox. Hays appears to be over his lingering left calf injury, but he's now started just three of the last seven games for the Orioles. Colton Cowser will be in left field while Cedric Mullins plays center.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Calf injury still lingering

    Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said after Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jays that Hays is still dealing with lingering effects from his left calf injury, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports. Hays was just activated from the 10-day injured list Monday following a three-week absence and evidently is still not feeling 100 percent. He delivered a pinch-hit double off the bench Wednesday but was immediately lifted for a pinch hitter. Despite Hays seemingly not being 100 percent healthy, a return to the IL doesn't seem to be in the cards. According to Danielle Allentuck of TheBaltimoreBanner.com, Hyde is hopeful that Hays will be able to start Friday's game against the Mariners, though he could be deployed at designated hitter rather than in the outfield.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Returns from injured list

    The Orioles reinstated Hays (calf) from the 10-day injured list Monday. He'll be available off the bench for Monday's series opener versus the Blue Jays as the Orioles go with Colton Cowser, Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander as their starters in the outfield from left to right. Prior to landing on the shelf April 22 due to a tight calf, Hays had gotten off to a miserable start to the season, slashing .111/.200/.111 across 50 plate appearances. He showed more signs of life during his five-game rehab stint with Double-A Bowie (5-for-14 with two home runs, one double and three walks), but Hays may still have to settle for a fourth-outfielder role initially upon rejoining the big club. Hays should, however, play regularly against left-handed pitching, and he could re-emerge as an option to steal work against right-handed pitching from Cowser and Mullins, both of whom have struggled of late. Cowser is in the midst of a 7-for-50 stretch at the plate over his last 16 games, while Mullins has gone 5-for-50 over the same span and was actually benched against a pair of right-handed starters during this past weekend's series with the Diamondbacks.
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  • Orioles' Austin Hays: Cleared to begin rehab assignment

    Hays (calf) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Tuesday, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports. Hays has been working out with Bowie as he comes back from a left calf strain and is now ready for his first game action since April 20. With Colton Cowser's production slowing the last couple weeks, Hays could have a chance to regain more reps in left field once he's deemed ready to return from the 10-day injured list.
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