The Good & The Bad from Cardinals v. Orioles (June 16-18 2017)

Sports and Bets — June 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm by

My last couple posts haven’t been on the positive side, it’s been a little bit of a rough stretch for the orange and black.  This weekend was a nice step in the right direction.  The Orioles faced a struggling Cardinals side and were able to take two out of three.

GOOD: Jonathan Schoop

It wasn’t the typical series for Jonathan Schoop, he only did damage in one game but that was plenty for me to mention him on here.  Schoop in Game two’s 15-7 win he went 4 for 5, scoring 3 runs hitting two home runs and driving in 4.  For pretty much the entire month of June Schoop has maintained a batting average over .280.   Making the All Star team for second base in the American League is pretty tough but Schoop has definitely earned some consideration.

BAD: Kevin Gausman

It was another tough one for Kevin Gausman.  Gausman pitched in the only game the Orioles lost in the three game series.  Gausman went five and two thirds and gave up 5 runs.  The Orioles would wind up losing the game 11-2.  After Gausman’s performance on Friday his ERA is now at 6.60.  In the month of June Gausman has not allowed fewer than 4 earned runs in any of his three starts

GOOD: Ubaldo Jimenez

I’ve made it clear, not a fan of Ubaldo Jimenez, but I also have to give him credit where it’s due.  In Sunday’s rubber game Ubaldo took the mound for his start since May 22.  Jimenez threw 7 strong innings and only allowed 2 earned runs in very hot temperatures.  It was a start the Orioles desperately needed and Ubaldo wasn’t the one I expected to deliver it, but he did.

BAD: Wade Miley

Now don’t get me wrong this was a good series win for the Orioles, however the starting pitching still continues to be a major concern.  After a strong start to the season, Miley has had a couple rough outings.  Despite the great run support Miley got he couldn’t finish 6 innings and gave up 5 runs.  Mile’s last 3 starts, he’s given up 4, 6 & 5 earned runs and Saturday was his longest of those outings.

It was a rough week leading up to the weekend series against the Cardinals but a series win could help steady the ship.  We could see some significant changes with the Orioles with JJ Hardy’s wrist injury.  It’s a shame with the timing of this injury; Hardy had a two hit 3 RBI performance in Saturday’s win.  The Orioles face another test starting Monday night with a four game series against the defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians.

 

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