The Good & Bad from Orioles v. Astros (May 26-28, 2017)

Sports and Bets — May 28, 2017 at 7:24 pm by

What is going on with our Baltimore Orioles?  The Orioles have been swept for the second straight series and have not won a game since their May 20TH win against Toronto.  Things are not looking good right now for the birds.  When they get good pitching they don’t get hitting.  When their bats are good the pitching is far from it.  It’s official the Orioles are in a deep funk.

GOOD: Jonathan Schoop

It’s hard to start with anything positive when the team has lost 7 games in a row but one of those few bright spots was Jonathan Schoop.  Schoop had a nice series in Houston getting 4 hits in the three games.  In Game 3 on Sunday he drove in the first 3 runs of the game including his seventh home run of the season.

BAD: Wade Miley’s first inning struggles

Now I’ll be the first to admit that Wade Miley has pitched a lot better this season than I thought he would.  That being said, his last couple starts his first innings have been pretty bad.  On his May 21ST start against Toronto he gave up a three run home run in the first inning in a 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays.  In Game 2 on Saturday night Miley gave up 2 runs after just three hitters and the O’s lost 5-2.  Now the Orioles hitters have been in a struggle lately but as a starting pitcher giving up multiple first inning runs are not going to help your cause.

BAD: Alec Asher

I have been calling for Alec Asher to be put in the Orioles rotation for quite some time now, way to make me look bad bud.  Asher returned to the rotation on Sunday and threw all of two innings and gave up 6 runs on 6 hits.  Right now it seems like no matter what button the Orioles push, it’s just not going their way.

BAD: Orioles not hitting well with RISP

The Orioles hitting in general as of late has not been good.  In fact it feels like it’s been a season long issue.  By the end of series in Houston, only 2 players were hitting above .280.  Well in the series in Houston not only was the hitting in general lacking but when they had a chance to drive in runs, they came up short.  The Orioles were 4 for 23 with RISP, the worst might have been Friday night when in the eighth inning the Orioles loaded the bases with no outs and could not score.

The Orioles have to find a way to get out of this funk and quick.  Anytime you lose seven straight there is a cause for concern.  Now they have to face a couple American League East opponents in the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.  If the Orioles don’t break out of this soon, they could find themselves in a huge hole in the AL East title race.

 

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