Orioles swept by World Champion Astros

Sports and Bets — April 4, 2018 at 4:59 pm by

So it’s been a bit of a rough start for the Baltimore Orioles here in 2018.  Two series down and two series losses with a sweep by the Astros added after Wednesday’s loss.  If this was a measuring stick series for the Orioles, they came up short when compared to the best the league has to offer.

GOOD: Adam Jones

I will always contest that Adam Jones doesn’t get nearly the amount of attention/credit that he truly deserves.  Jonesy collected 2 of the Orioles 6 hits in Game 1 of the series.  In Game 2 he single-handedly tried to win the game for the birds.  Jones hit a go ahead 2 run bomb in the 6TH inning, and after the O’s pitchers gave up the lead, Jones answered with a game tying single in the 7TH, only for the O’s pitchers to give up the lead again this time for good.

BAD: Chris Tillman

I was really hoping that we would see pre 2017 Chris Tillman in Game 1 of the series.  Unfortunately we saw what we saw most of 2017.  Tillman gave up back to back doubles to start the game and it really didn’t get much better.  Every pitch just seemed like a struggle for Tillman, it’s only one start and Houston is the best team in the league but I’m not confident heading into his second start.

GOOD: Jonathan Schoop heating up

Just like the aforementioned Adam Jones, Johnny Baseball’s bat decided to heat up while in Houston.  Schoop was the only Oriole to get a base hit in every game of the series, going 7 for 13 (.538) with a Solo HR off Justin Verlander in Game 2.  Schoop capped off the series with a solid 3 for 4 day on Wednesday afternoon.

BAD: Bullpen woes

A lot has been said about the starting pitching so far to start the season, and for good reason.  However the bullpen had an awful series against the Astros.  The bullpen pitched a total of 9 innings against Houston and allowed 10 runs, that’s an ERA of 10.  Right now it seems like the only pitcher who is getting the job done is Dylan Bundy, who by the way had another solid outing on Wednesday.


After the Opening Day victory the Orioles have now lost 5 in a row, dropping to 1-5 on the season.  The schedule doesn’t get much easier, starting on Thursday the Orioles play their first AL East opponent in the New York Yankees.


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