The Good & The Bad from Orioles v. Rays (June 23-25 2017)

Sports and Bets — June 25, 2017 at 10:01 pm by

No way getting around it, the Orioles have been struggling for a little over a month now.  The weekend series win on Tampa was nice but it doesn’t hide any of the glaring problems the Orioles are facing right now.  Still anytime you can secure a winning series against a division opponent, it’s something to be happy about.

GOOD: The Streak is OVER!!

Alright this is a little tongue and cheek but why not have a little fun.  The Orioles in the middle game of the 3 game series only gave up three runs.  It snapped a streak of 20 consecutive games that the Orioles allowed at least 5 runs.  If you think about it, it’s actually kind of impressive; it tied a record set by the 1924 Phillies.  In game three’s win the Orioles let up 5 runs, hopefully that doesn’t start another streak.

BAD: Ubaldo Jimenez

The only game the Orioles lost in the series was the one Ubaldo started in.  Singling him out might be a tad harsh considering how bad the Orioles pitching has been in general, but when you can’t finish 3 innings and give up 9 runs kind of hard to ignore.  As much as I would like the Orioles to just cut ties with Ubaldo, they seem content on letting him finish out his contract and hoping that they get a couple more decent starts/bullpen appearances from him.

GOOD: Trey Mancini

Trey Mancini just continues to mash the baseball.  Mancini went 5 for 11 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI.  Mancini continues to be one of the most consistent Orioles on the club.  The Orioles have very few consistent bright spots; hopefully Mancini can keep it up.

BAD: More struggles from Chris Tillman

When Tillman returned from injury I was willing to give him some time.  Tillman has made 10 starts, only two of those starts have been at least 6 innings.  For Tillman it was more of the same on Sunday, Tillman lasted only four and a third and gave up 4 earned runs in the no decision.  The Orioles really don’t have many options, you just have to hope Tillman rights the ship.

So now the Orioles get a much needed day off on Monday, their first off day since June 5th, before heading north of the border for a three game series with last place Toronto.


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