The Good and The Bad from White Sox v. Orioles (May 5-7 2017)

Sports and Bets — May 7, 2017 at 10:05 pm by

Well wasn’t that nice, a baseball series where it was all about baseball.  No unfortunate fan incidents, neither team throwing at each, no ejections other just baseball.  The Orioles continue playing great baseball and this series against the White Sox was another example.  Time for the Good and the bad from this weekend series against Chicago.

GOOD:  Orioles Sweep the Sox

This may seem like a very simple one but just like in every sport the only thing that matters is wins.  The Orioles are showing just how resilient they are.  After a rough series in New York and a drama filled one in Boston to come out against the White Sox and go 3-0 shows a lot of character.  From top to bottom the Orioles are just better than Chicago but that’s what good teams do, beat teams they are supposed to.

BAD: JJ Hardy still struggling at the plate

Now when you sweep a three game series anything you say is bad, you are nitpicking.  So unfortunately JJ Hardy had to picked.  Hardy went just 1 for 12 in the series against the White Sox.  Hardy really hasn’t been able to get going to start the 2017 season.  Since April 18 Hardy has just 11 hits in 18 games and has hit .159 during that stretch.  Again it pains me because Hardy is one of my favorites but at the plate Hardy has been in a season long struggle.

GOOD: Chris Tillman returns

Now his performance in Sunday’s game could’ve been better but this to me is just a general good thing.  Having Chris Tillman back in the rotation can only help the Orioles.  On Sunday, Tillman threw just five innings giving up 3 hits and struck out 4 on 93 pitches.  Again nothing to write home about but this is a long-term good thing for the Orioles.

GOOD: Gabriel Ynoa

That’s right 3 good and only 1 bad, it was that kind of series.  Friday night’s game saw Wade Miley only throw 12 pitches and get drilled by two line drives in the first inning.  So in comes Gabriel Ynoa to relieve Wade Miley and Ynoa threw 6 innings allowing 0 runs on 6 hits and striking out 5.  You can never predict when your starting pitcher might only last an inning or in this case even less.  Ynoa not only came in and shut down the White Sox but he saved the bullpen.  It was a good start to the three game sweep.

Manny Machado continued to swing the bat well against the White Sox with a HR on Saturday and an RBI on Sunday.  Dylan Bundy picked up his fifth win of the season improving to 5-1 in 2017.  The red hot Orioles now get ready for a huge 4 game split series against maybe the best team in the Major Leagues, the Washington Nationals.  This will be a good measuring stick series for the Orioles.

 

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