O’s Sweep KC, close gap in Wild Card

Sports and Bets — August 2, 2017 at 11:01 pm by

Are the Orioles really going to do this to me and us as a fan base?  A week ago I was ready not to give up but move on from 2017, this team just didn’t look like a playoff contender.  Then what happens, perhaps the hottest team in baseball, Kansas City, comes into town winners of 10 of their last 11 and the O’s sweep them.  Now the O’s are only 2 and a half games behind those same Royals for the last wild card spot.  All of sudden the O’s are back in this thing.

GOOD: Tim Beckham

Beckham was one of the head scratching additions made by the Orioles front office at the trade deadline.  Well, it didn’t take long for Beckham to make a good impression on his teammates and new fans.  Beckham got his first start in game two of the series; he went 2 for 4 and scored twice.  Game 3 Beckham picked up two more hits including a triple and his first two RBI in orange and black.

BAD: Rough Series for Chris Davis

I’m not sure we should expect anything else from 2017 Chris Davis, this is just who he is but it doesn’t make it any better.  Davis in the three games went 2 for 12 with 2 RBI.  Davis’ batting average is struggling to stay above .220.

GOOD: Jeremy Hellickson’s solid debut

Another guy who I questioned why the birds brought here at least after one series proved me wrong.  Hellickson pitched in game 3 of the series and threw 7 strong innings in the Orioles 6-0 win to complete the sweep.  Hellickson was not overpowering but he did strike out 3 only walked one and was very efficient throwing just 94 pitches in the seven innings.

GOOD: Pitching dominates KC

I just mentioned Hellickson, but the other two starters were just as dominant.  Ubaldo Jimenez gave up just 5 hits and 1 run in seven innings of work.  Dylan Bundy matched that with his longest outing of the season, 8 innings 5 strikeouts and only 93 pitches.  The Royals were the hottest team in MLB but were only able to score 3 runs in three games in Baltimore.

 I’ll admit, I was critical of the moves made by the Orioles at the trade deadline.  At least for one series the Orioles front office proved me very, very wrong.  With this series sweep the Orioles are now only 2 and a half back in the Wild Card, chasing these same Royals.  In the AL East the O’s trail Boston by 5 and a half games and are now riding a 5 game winning streak.  Thursday the Orioles begin a 4 game set at Oriole Park against the Tigers.


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