Once considered the top overall prospect in all of baseball, the Orioles' Dylan Bundy appears to be finally breaking through in his second full season in the big leagues.
Baltimore selected the 24-year-old righty with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft and he was expected to become the future of the Orioles' rotation. It took some time, in part because he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013, but Bundy is looking like the ace the O's were hoping for all along.
In the absence of Chris Tillman, Bundy has taken the reins of Baltimore's staff, going 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA over his first six starts in 2017. The O's have won five of the six times he's taken the mound.
Buddy will look to win another one tonight against the White Sox when he toes the rubber against Dylan Covey (0-2, 7.29) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, streaming live on MLB.TV as the Free Game of the Day. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
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Here's what else to watch for throughout the day (all times in ET):
Lefty loving life: CLE@KC, 4:15 p.m.
There's a left-handed pitcher other than Danny Duffy that is doing just fine in Kansas City, and his name is Jason Vargas. You may have heard of him: He's played for five different clubs since entering the league 12 seasons ago.
In his fourth season (second full) with the Royals, Vargas is excelling like never before with a 4-1 record and 1.42 ERA in five starts. The 34-year-old has allowed just one home run and walked five batters in 31 2/3 innings while striking out 29.
He'll look to keep rolling versus the Indians and Josh Tomlin, who is 2-3 with an 8.87 ERA so far in '17.
Battle in the AL East: TOR@TB, 4:10 p.m.
American League East foes square off Saturday afternoon when Blue Jays righty Marco Estrada and Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi take the mound opposite one another.
Estrada makes his seventh start on the heels of his first win of the year. He allowed one run with zero walks while striking out five over seven innings at Yankee Stadium.
Odorizzi will return to the hill for the fifth time (fourth as a starter) in 2017. His only win of the season came on April 9, when he bested the Blue Jays with six innings of two-run ball.
Garza, who began the season on the disabled list with a right groin strain, picked up his first win of the year in his last start against the Braves, going 6 2/3 innings while allowing three runs. This will be the 33-year-old's third start this season.
Cole has been solid in 2017, recording a 3.50 ERA in six starts despite a 1-3 record, but has already given up six home runs after surrendering just seven long balls all of last season. He will try to keep the ball in the ballpark against a Brewers lineup that thrives on the home run.
NL West wonders: ARI@COL, 8:10 p.m.
It's not the Dodgers or Giants who hold the top two spots in the National League West entering play on May 6, as one might suspect. It's the Rockies and Diamondbacks, who have been the two most surprising teams in the NL to this point in the year.
The intriguing duo goes head-to-head as the series continues Saturday when D-backs lefty Patrick Corbin (2-3, 2.29 ERA) takes on the Rockies' Tyler Anderson (1-3, 7.71 ERA). Runs should not be tough to come by this evening, as both offenses rank among the top run-scoring teams in the NL.
Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.