O’s take weekend series vs. Tigers

Sports and Bets — April 29, 2018 at 5:28 pm by

The Orioles have done it!  It took almost an entire month but the O’s have won another series.  Now what does this mean?  Who knows, the O’s have a ton of problems that are not masked by a series win over the third place Tigers.  Still, it’s nice to have something positive to talk about.

GOOD: Chris Tillman’s shutout win

This kind of came out of nowhere didn’t it?  Tillman has really, really struggled in 2018 but for at least one night he was great.  Tillman threw 7 innings of shutout ball, striking out 5 and allowing just the one hit.  This is a wait and see with Tillman, it was nice to see but even with 7 shutout innings his ERA is still above 7.

BAD: Andrew Cashner

Andrew Cashner could not follow-up Tillman’s great Friday performance with one of his own on Saturday.  Cashner lasted just 4 innings allowing 7 hits and 6 earned runs.  Cashner has pitched ok for the Orioles in 2018, a few good starts and a few bad ones.

GOOD: Pedro Alvarez

This is another out of nowhere instance for me.  Pedro Alvarez had his bat wake up in this series against the Tigers.  Alvarez hit two home runs in the O’s 6-0 win in Game 1.  Then in Sunday’s series finale, Alvarez hit two more in the O’s 5-3 win.  Now Alvarez is not going to set the world on fire with his batting average but if this power keeps up he’ll keep finding himself safely in that lineup.

GOOD: Richard Bleier

Since the O’s are coming off just their second series win, I’ll be a tad more positive.  Let’s take a second and appreciate how good Richard Bleier has been this season.  With all the issues the O’s have had it’s hard to point out what a middle reliever is doing.  Bleier has pitched 16.2 innings and has just allowed one earned run, he has not allowed an earned run in his last 9 appearances including Game one’s win against the Tigers.  Bleier’s ERA is 0.54 on the season.

 

So there it is, the Orioles second series win this season.  The Orioles are 8-20 on the season and still in last place in the American League East.  Will this be the start of a season turnaround?  I’m leaning towards no, but we’ll see how the team responds.  The birds get a day off on Monday before heading out to the west coast starting on Tuesday to face the Angels followed by the A’s.

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