The Good & The Bad from Blue Jays v. Orioles (May 19-21 2017)

Sports and Bets — May 21, 2017 at 9:20 pm by

Well after a very rough road trip, the Orioles got back on track for at least a series.  The Blue Jays have been struggling all season and the Orioles took advantage in winning two out of the three games.

GOOD: Wellington Castillo

Is there anybody swinging a hotter bat than Wellington Castillo right now?  The answer is no.  Castillo looks like he hasn’t missed a beat since coming off the DL.  In two games against Toronto he hit three home runs, all were game changers.  In game one, Castillo went deep in the 6TH inning to tie the game at 3.  Then in the 10TH Castillo won the game with another 2 run bomb.  On Saturday the Orioles were trailing 5-4 when Castillo hit a 3 run home run to give the O’s the lead they never lost.  Castillo did come up empty in the finale but even after the 0 for 4 his batting average is still .348.

BAD: Jonathan Schoop as a lead off hitter

The one thing the Orioles have been missing for quite some time is a true lead off hitter.  Over the last couple seasons the O’s have put several different players in that role.  This weekend against the Blue Jays it was Johnny Baseball’s turn, it didn’t go well.  In two games this weekend Schoop was the lead off hitter and he went 0 for 7 with 2 strikeouts and he went 0 for 2 with RISP.  Schoop has been swinging the bat better as of late, but just not from the lead off spot.

GOOD: Alec Asher

Ever since his first start with the Orioles earlier this season, I’ve been a big fan of what Asher has brought to the birds.  Asher pitched in two of the games this weekend for the Orioles and pitched 3 scoreless innings and struck out three.  Alec Asher might be the most trustworthy pitcher coming out of the Orioles bullpen at the moment.  With that being said, Asher for me would be better suited for the rotation sooner rather than later.

BAD: Manny Machado’s bat

Manny Machado has had a very strange 2017.  He has had some series and stretches where he has played very well, but it hasn’t been sustained enough.  He did go deep in game two but overall in the series Machado went just 2 for 11.  His season batting average is now down to .221.  I still have confidence that Machado will turn things around but as much crap as Chris Davis gets here in Baltimore, right now Davis is hitting 27 points higher than Manny Machado.

I can’t finish this article without mentioning the special Maryland flag jerseys worn on Saturday.  They were amazing; the Orioles need to figure out how to wear them as much as possible.  The more Maryland flag the better.

It was a nice rebound for the Orioles after the 1-6 road trip.  Next for the Orioles for the first time of the season they face the Minnesota Twins, the three game series begins Monday night.

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