Bats struggle in series loss to Toronto

Sports and Bets — April 12, 2018 at 9:46 am by

Well that was a short and disappointing home stand for the Orioles.  Coming off an impressive 3-1 series against the Yankees, at least I was hoping to get another series win against the Jays.  What we saw is an offense that is still struggling but a starting rotation that may be a little better than advertised.

GOOD: Dylan Bundy becoming a star

Now when you take a glance at his win-loss record, it’s not impressive, 0-1 after 3 starts.  But, if you just watch his performances, Dylan Bundy might be becoming the number one starter we thought he would be.  Bundy has thrown 20 innings this season allowing 14 hits, just 3 earned runs and striking out 25.  Bundy is the Orioles most consistent and reliable starter.

BAD: Another Series loss

I keep telling myself that it’s early, and it is.  However the Orioles have played in 4 series and have lost three of those said series.  The most concerning thing about the Orioles right now is oddly enough the offense and not pitching.  In the first 2 games of the series against Toronto the Orioles scored 2 runs and were almost no-hit in Game 2.  It was nice to see them salvage at least one game in the series, but only 13 games into 2018 the O’s are already 5 games back in the East.

GOOD: Andrew Cashner

I’ll be the first to admit, I wasn’t too excited by the Cashner signing a few weeks ago.  After his first start of 2018 I was even less excited, but I have to give credit where it is due.  Cashner picked up his first win in New York after 6 strong innings allowing just 1 earned run.  Against Toronto he was even better.  Cashner completed 7 innings allowing 0 runs and striking out 6.  Unfortunately like Bundy in the first game of the series Cashner did not get the win because of no run support.  Still his last two starts are something I hope we see more of.

BAD: What the hell has happened to Chris Davis?

Now I’ll preference this by saying, we all kind of knew what Chris Davis was in the first place.  He’s a guy that hits home runs and strikes out more than you would like.  Even with that MOST of us expect him to hit anywhere between .240-.260 for the season.  The start of this season has just been abysmal for Chris Davis.  Now he did register 2 hits in the finale against Toronto, but even with that 2 hit performance his season batting average is just .122.  I’d like to say that is a good sign but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him go hit-less the next series, I just don’t know what to expect any more out of Davis.

After this series with the Jays, the Orioles record sits at 5-8 and in fourth place in the American league East.  Thursday is an off day before another 4 game series on the road, this time with the AL East leading Boston Red Sox.

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