The Good & The Bad from Orioles v. Rays (July 24-26th 2017)

Sports and Bets — July 27, 2017 at 7:29 pm by

It’s been a bit of a wild start for the Orioles to the second half of the season.  It started with being dominated by the defending World Champs.  Then the Orioles would sweep the Rangers, before losing back to back series against Houston and Tampa Bay.  As of writing this the Orioles are 48-53 seven games out in the AL East and five and a half out of the wild card, it’s a pretty tall task.  However if you ask Dan Duquette the Orioles will not be sellers before the Monday deadline.

GOOD: Kevin Gausman

I feel like Gausman has tricked me a few times this season.  Every time I think he’s ready to go on a run he has a horrific outing.  This time against Tampa Bay, Gausman had his second straight 6 inning, 8 strikeout performance.  You could argue that the quality of the opponent wasn’t great either time, but at this point I’ll take any positives from Kevin Gausman.

BAD: Orioles struggle with Runners in Scoring Position

There are certain stats you can look at and seeing which way they are trending you can usually tell how a team is performing, the RISP at times can be one.  In the 3 games against the Rays the Orioles went 4 for 23 with RISP, that’s a .173 batting average.  Winning ball clubs take advantage of as many scoring opportunities as they can.

GOOD: Mr. Consistency Adam Jones

I don’t know if it’s me, but sometimes I think Adam Jones doesn’t get the credit he deserves.  Jones had a nice series; Jones hit .357 in the three game series adding a home run and RBI.  Jones on the season is hitting .276 with 19 Home runs and 51 RBI.  Jones is right on pace for his season averages.

BAD: Mark Trumbo’s rough series

It’s been quite the up and down season for the Oriole slugger.  The series against Tampa was a down part.  Trumbo registered just one hit in 13 at bats and struck out 5 times.  Trumbo name has been thrown around in trade talks; it will be interesting to see if Trumbo will be in orange and black after Monday.

Up next for the Orioles is the Rangers who they just swept in a four game series in Baltimore last week.  It’s also the last series before Monday’s trade deadline.  Will anybody get traded, Britton? O’Day? Brach?  Is there a monster Manny Machado deal in the making that will shock us?  Only time will tell.

 

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