I don’t know what makes me happier, the Orioles being 8-3 or the Blue Jays only having two wins this season, I guess that is kind of a win-win. Toronto is in a tail spin and the Orioles are in first place. Let’s take a look at all the good and bad from the O’s series win in Toronto.
GOOD: Alec Asher
How can I not start this with the tremendous outing by Alec Asher on Saturday afternoon? Now Asher got the no decision and the Orioles lost the game, however it doesn’t take away from his performance. Asher went 6 and a third with 3 hits and only 1 earned run with 5 strikeouts. He just seemed very relaxed and in control the entire game. We can’t get too overly excited about one start, but how can you not be encouraged and excited for Asher’s next go with the Orioles.
BAD: Manny Machado’s bat
Manny Machado ended his series in Toronto in a positive way hitting an opposite field home run. However if you look at his series as a whole it was not a very good one at the plate for Machado. Manny was only 2 for 15 in Toronto dropping his season average to .175. Manny turned in his usual couple of how’d he do that at third base so at least his slump hasn’t affected that. Machado is widely regarded as one of the best three players in baseball so because of that no need to panic just yet.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 15, 2017
GOOD: Hardy & Schoop jumpstarting O’s offense
Now my previous articles I was a tad rough on the starts by both JJ Hardy and Jonathan Schoop. In Toronto Hardy and Schoop started to heat up and their hits came in very timely fashion. In game 1 on Thursday, in a scoreless game Schoop doubled in a run and Hardy singled Schoop in, giving the Orioles a lead they would not lose. Game 2 on Friday the Orioles trailed 3-1 and both Schoop and Hardy homered in the fifth inning to give the Orioles the lead 4-2, the Orioles would win 6-4. On Saturday Schoop drove in the game tying run and Sunday Hardy doubled and scored their first run in an 11-4 win. Hardy and Schopp jump started the Orioles offense on numerous occasions in Toronto.
BAD: Mark Trumbo’s power outage
This didn’t just happen over the series in Toronto but it’s been an early season issue for Trumbo. Trumbo went deep on Opening day in walk off fashion, but since then 0 home runs for the home run king of 2016. Even worse than not hitting home runs Trumbo was just 2 for 16 in Toronto, lowering his season batting average to .205. Hard to imagine that the Orioles are playing so well with both Trumbo and Machado in slumps.
Trey Mancini continues to impress, he smashed two more home runs in Sunday’s win bringing his season total to 4. Also, have to give some love to Chris Davis and Dylan Bundy. Davis after 11 games is hitting over .300. Bundy pitched a solid 6 innings allowing no runs and striking out 6 in Sunday’s win. As long as the Orioles continue to give me more good than bad to post about, this season should be a fun one.
Up next for the 8-3 first place Orioles is an off day on Monday then a rare trip to Cincinnati to take on the Reds.
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