The Good & Bad from Orioles v. Royals (May 12-14 2017)

Sports and Bets — May 15, 2017 at 11:09 am by

Well that was a rough series. The Royals entered the series against the Orioles really struggling but by the end of it had won three in a row to take the sweep.  It was a rare bump in the road for the Orioles for the season.

GOOD: Francisco Pena & Caleb Joseph

Wellington Castillo hasn’t played a game in the entire month of May, despite that the Pena & Joseph have done a great job filling in.  Against Kansas City Caleb Joseph played two games and went 5 for 8 with 4 RBI and a home run.  In the middle game Pena homered twice in a losing effort.  Not sure when Castillo will be able to return to full-time action but for right now the backups are doing a great job.

BAD: Kevin Gausman

Just when I thought Gausman had turned a corner for this season, Sunday happened.  The Orioles got out to a 5-0 lead and looked to be on their way to salvaging one game in the series.  Well unfortunately in the bottom of the fourth Gausman ran into some big trouble.  It only took only six batters for the Royals to tie the game at 5.  Gausman was unable to finish 4 innings giving up 9 hits & 5 runs in just 3 and a third.  Gausman’s season ERA is now up to 7.19.  For a guy who is supposed to be one of your best starters, that’s just not good enough.

GOOD: Chris Davis

Chris Davis had a good two games against the Royals.  After being out of the lineup on Friday, he returned Saturday with a hit which was a home run.  Then on Sunday he collected two more hits with one of those being a home run as well.  Davis’ batting average has been raised to .252, which might not sound great but considering he was hitting in the low .220s just a few weeks ago, it’s good to see Davis maybe starting to turn things around at the plate.

BAD: Being swept

This is an obvious one but it needs to be stated.  I mentioned in an article a few weeks ago that when you play a team that is not a good as you, you have to take care of business, the Orioles failed against KC.  The Royals entered this series at 13-21 and in last place of the AL Central.  If you are the Orioles taking two of out three is a must.  Instead, in each game something seemed to go wrong in three one run losses.  This only becomes a big deal if it leads to an extended slide, if it doesn’t just chalk it up to a bad weekend.

Best thing for the Orioles is to put this series behind them and move on.  Luckily for them they get Monday off to regroup before they continue their road trip to Detroit to face the 18-18 Tigers.

 

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