The Good & The Bad from Orioles v. Tigers (May 16-18 2017)

Sports and Bets — May 18, 2017 at 8:23 pm by

So it’s been a bit of a rough stretch for the Orioles.  A three game sweep to the Royals and then they lose 2 out of 3 against Detroit, and honestly all three games could’ve been won by Baltimore.  Despite another series loss this had plenty of ups and downs.

GOOD: Chris Davis

So this is just who Chris Davis is.  He will go through stretches when he couldn’t hit water falling out of a boat in the middle of the ocean.  Other times he’s tearing the cover off the ball, Detroit was the latter.  Davis had at least one hit in every game and homered 3 times.  Two of those home runs came in extra innings of game 1, the only win in the series for the Orioles.  Davis is seeing the ball extremely well; let’s hope he can carry that for at least another week or two.

BAD: Bullpen

Ok, now I’m starting to get worried about the Orioles bullpen.  You can probably just point to the one game, the first one when the bullpen gave up 7 of the 11 runs in that game.  Still even if it was just one game this seems to be happening with way more frequency.  Brad Brach, Mychal Givens, Donnie Hart all had some tough outings.  Alec Asher, who should probably be in the rotation, was one of the lone bright spots.  One guy missing from the bullpen shouldn’t have this much impact, should he?

GOOD: Wellington Castillo

Wellington Castillo was back in the Orioles lineup and it looked like he never missed a beat.  Castillo played in the first two games against the Tigers and went 6 for 10 with 3 RBI.  Castillo with the performance against Detroit is now hitting .350 on the season.  Never would’ve guessed that one of the most productive positions offensively would be catcher, but Castillo, Joseph and even Pena have all contributed when called upon this season.

BAD: Losing leads in every game

Now in at least one game the bullpen is to blame for this one.  Game one, the Orioles had a 7-4 lead when Miley left.  They lost that one and then lost another 3 run lead in extras before finally winning.  The other lost leads in the series are on the starters shoulders.  Game 2, Ubaldo Jimenez was unable to hold a 1-0 and 4-2 lead.  In Game 3, usually reliable Dylan Bundy couldn’t hang on to an early 3-0 lead.  Then when the Orioles gave him a 4-3 lead back he promptly gave that up as well.  As a whole this might have been the worst series of the year pitching wise, starters and bullpen combined.

The Orioles are limping right now.  The Orioles went 1-6 on this road stand through DC, KC and Detroit.  Despite the recent lull the O’s are 23-16 and are heading back to Oriole Park.  The birds are 13-3 at home this season and next up is the last place Toronto Blue Jays for a three game weekend series.


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