The Good & The Bad from Orioles v. Blue Jays (June 27-29, 2017)

Sports and Bets — June 30, 2017 at 1:23 pm by

So the Orioles have won back to back series against AL East rivals.  Is everything sunshine and rainbows because of that, not even close.  However it is nice to have some positive things to talk about rather than the typical sky is falling routine, so there’s that.

GOOD: Dominance over Blue Jays/AL East continues

So as I just mentioned the Orioles are fresh off back to back series wins over the American League East.  The Orioles are now 9-3 against the Blue Jays and despite their recent struggles the Orioles continue to play well against their own division.  The O’s are now 25-18 vs. the AL East, that’s a .581 winning percentage.  Only the Yankees are playing better against American League East teams.

BAD: Machado goes hitless

I just can’t figure this one out.  I keep waiting and waiting for Manny to go on a tear and raise that batting average up 30-40 points, but it’s just not happening.  Manny did get a single hit in the Toronto series in 11 official at bats.  The most frustrating part is the power numbers are still there.  Manny is tied for first in home runs and third on the team in RBI.

GOOD: Pitching

It’s no secret that the pitching in general has been pretty bad over the last month or so.  Against Toronto it was pretty damn good.  The Orioles staff as a whole only allowed 5 runs in three games which led to an ERA of 1.73 for the series.  It was capped off by believe it or not a stellar performance by Ubaldo Jimenez.

 BAD: Wellington Castillo injury issues

So it was for only the last game of the series, but in the grand scheme of things this is really becoming an issue.  Castillo when healthy has been one of the more productive Orioles all season.  The problem is Castillo can’t seem to stay on the field for an extended period of time.  Castillo was scratched from Thursday’s lineup because of tweaking his knee in pre game.  Hopefully this isn’t another stint on the DL.

As we get closer to the All Star break the Orioles continue to hover around the .500 mark and as of this article are only four and half games back of the Red Sox.  Next up for the Orioles is another division opponent in the Tampa Bay Rays who come in for a three game series starting Friday night.

 

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