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

Sports and Bets — April 27, 2017 at 10:40 am by

Another series in the books and the Orioles just keep on winning series.  Starting 14-6 for the Orioles is a very rare feat, the last time it happened was in 1997, the year the birds went wire to wire and advanced to the ALCS.  We still have 142 games left in the season so no use in getting ahead of ourselves, still pretty damn good start after 20 games.

GOOD: Orioles Home Record in Month of April

With the Orioles taking two out of three against the Rays, they finished with an 8-3 record at Oriole Park for the month of April.  The craziest thing about this stat is the Orioles lack of hitting at home so far.  The O’s are just hitting .225, and have hit less home runs and scored fewer runs than on the road despite playing 2 more games at home so far.  The pitching however has been better at Oriole Park, the ERA is a half run lower at home than on the road, despite Baltimore being known as a hitters ballpark.  The stats may be a little screwy but the only thing that matters is wins, which the Orioles are racking up pretty nicely.

BAD: Mark Trumbo is ice cold

In an earlier post I mentioned that Mark Trumbo only has one home run this season.  It happened on opening day, and he still only has that one.  Now Trumbo is just plain struggling to get hits.  In the series against Tampa he went 0 for 13, with 5 strikeouts.  The most glaring thing about this is the multiple chances he had with runners in scoring position.  Trumbo had a chance in each of the three games to drive in a run, he went 0 for 5 with RISP.  Maybe he just pressing trying to live up to the contract he got but right now Trumbo looks lost at the plate.

GOOD: Jonathan Schoop heating up

2017 was a slow start for the free swinging second baseman, but recently the bat has been coming around.  Heading into April 12TH’s game against Boston, Schoop was just hitting .105.  Since then in 14 games Schoop has hit .367 raising his season batting average to .294.  In 12 of those 14 games he has at least 1 hit, with six of those being multi-hit games.  Schoop against Tampa Bay had a home run in game 1 that tied the game and a sac fly in game 3 that also tied the game.  Schoop registered at least 1 hit in every game of the series.

BAD: Caleb Joseph

So we haven’t seen a lot from the backup catcher this season, but there has been a reason for that.  Joseph has only appeared in 6 games having just 2 hits in 18 at bats, and he still hasn’t had an RBI since September 11, 2015.  His best chance to break that streak was on Tuesday night when he had runners on second and third and struck out looking.  Look, Caleb Joseph had a pretty nasty injury last season and I’m not sure how long that takes to recover from, especially mentally.  However, you can’t continue to run a guy out there every couple of days and not get any results.

 

So after yet another successful series win the FIRST PLACE (never get tired saying that) Orioles continue their gauntlet of AL East opponents.  This time it’s their first trip to New York this season to take on the Yankees in a weekend series, starting Friday night.

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