The Good & The Bad from Blue Jays v. Orioles (Aug 31-Sept 1 2017)

Sports and Bets — September 4, 2017 at 9:46 am by

Well that was a disappointing 4 game series.  The Orioles were arguably playing their best baseball of the season and when you see the last place Blue Jays come into town, you’re expecting at least 3 out of 4.  Well, the O’s split with the Blue Jays which isn’t the end of the world but in what is shaping up to be a photo finish in the American League Wild Card, every game is huge.

GOOD:  Late inning heroics

The Orioles came up big in extra innings this weekend, and good thing they did because it was for both of their wins in the series.  The first came Friday night after 12 and a half scoreless Johnny Baseball doubled into the gap to drive in Manny in 1-0 win.  In Sunday’s finale it was Mark Trumbo’s turn, driving in the winning run on a single in the twelfth inning.

BAD: Jeremy Hellickson

Well Jeremy Hellickson has fit in quite nicely with the Orioles, because he’s been as inconsistent as the team has been all season.  Hellickson pitched in Game 1 of the series, he lasted just four and two thirds giving up 7 runs on 7 hits.  His previous start against Boston on August 25 he went 7 strong allowing just 2 runs on 4 hits.  The start before was another start of just four and two thirds again allowing 7 runs, up and down.

GOOD: Wellington Castillo

You start to wonder how good Castillo’s numbers would really be if he could’ve stayed off the DL this season.  That being said, he is still having a pretty damn good season.  Castillo made an appearance in each game in the 4 game set and hit .308 in the series.  Most of his damage was done in the finale on Sunday when he registered 3 hits, 2 of them being home runs and one of which tied the game in the bottom of the ninth.  Castillo on the season is hitting .300 with 18 home runs and 48 RBI.

BAD: Chris Tillman

As much as this pains me to say because of how good he’s been for the club in past seasons, but can we seriously put Tillman out there every 5TH day if we want a legit shot at making the playoffs?  After a couple scoreless appearances out of the bullpen Tillman was reinstated into the starting rotation, unfortunately his starts have been more of the same.

8/20 v. LAA – 5.1 IP 4 ER

8/28 v. SEA – 5.1 IP 6 ER

9/03 v. TOR – 4.0 IP 3 ER

The Orioles might be handcuffed because, who else do you throw out there?  But this continued streak of short outings not only hurts the bird’s chances of winning, but also continues to overuse the bullpen.

 

So despite the series split the O’s are still hanging around in the AL Wild Card race.  Winners of 9 of their last 11 games the birds are just a game and a half behind the second wild card spot.  The Orioles now face the top team in the AL Wild Card, the New York Yankees for a huge 3 game series at Oriole Park starting on Labor Day.

 

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