Another series down, another series loss

Sports and Bets — April 23, 2018 at 9:39 pm by

I am starting to feel that opposing teams are looking forward to facing the Orioles.  The last couple series the Orioles have faced teams that were struggling a little bit.  After they finished their series against Baltimore I have a feeling both teams were feeling a lot better about their early season struggles.  The Orioles are becoming the team to ‘get right’ against.

GOOD: King Kong Bundy

The Orioles have had very few bright spots to begin this 2018 season; Dylan Bundy has without a doubt been one of them.  Bundy pitched in Game 1 of the series, not surprisingly the only game the Orioles won.  Bundy threw 6 strong innings striking out 9 and allowing just one earned run.  Don’t let his 1-3 record fool you, Bundy has been tremendous in just about every game he has pitched, his season ERA is  now just 1.42.

BAD: Brad Brach’s rough outing

I have been tough on Brad Brach even though he has been pitching better as of late, that was until Sunday.  Brach entered the game with the Indians leading 4-3 in the 9th inning, once the inning was over the O’s were trailing 7-3.  Brach threw only 23 pitches but allowed 4 hits and 3 runs, raising his ERA to 5.19.

GOOD: Manny Machado on fire

You know how I said earlier that Bundy was one of the few bright spots; well Machado is the other one.  Machado’s power was really on display in this series against the Indians.  Machado went 6 for 12 against the Indians and 3 of those hits were Home Runs.  Machado has to be an early front-runner for AL MVP with .352 batting average, 8 Home Runs and 17 RBI.

BAD: Runs coming at a premium at Camden Yards

The Orioles have had their struggles scoring runs period, but the amount of struggle they have had at home is head scratching.  In the 4 games against the Indians the Orioles scored just 7 runs, that’s less than 2 runs per game.  In 10 home games in 2018 the O’s have just scored 19 runs.  Just to compare the Orioles have scored 54 runs in 13 road games.  On average they are scoring twice as many runs away from Camden Yards.

 

There we have it, another rough series for the Orioles.  I feel like a broken record but it’s literally the same thing every series.  One or two shining stars and too many guys performing well below par.  The Orioles are now 6-17 on the season.  The Orioles will remain at home as they begin a three game series against the Tamp Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

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