The Good & The Bad from Rays v. Orioles (June 30-July 2, 2017)

Sports and Bets — July 3, 2017 at 8:39 am by

Well that was somewhat of a disappointing series.  The Orioles have been playing a tad bit better as of late but then lose two out of three at home to Tampa.  The O’s have to decide quickly whether they are still going for it this season or trading away some valuable pieces.

GOOD: Kevin Gausman

I am almost hesitant to say this but I think Kevin Gausman has turned the corner.  Gausman pitched on Sunday and it may have been his best start of 2017.  Gausman threw 7 strong innings allowing just 2 hits and striking out 9.  Gausman hasn’t given up a run in his last two starts and has lowered his ERA from 6.60 to 5.61 in three starts.

BAD: Dylan Bundy

While it looks as though Kevin Gausman is trending up, Bundy is heading in the opposite direction.  For most of the first half of the season Bundy has been far and away the best pitcher for the Orioles.  Entering June Bundy’s ERA was at 2.89, after Saturday’s start it’s now at 4.02.  Against Tampa on Saturday he lasted just 4 innings (shortest start of 2017) and gave up 5 runs in the Orioles 10-3 loss.

GOOD: Jonathan Schoop making the All Star team

For the most part the series against Tampa was a quiet one for Johnny baseball, however we did find out Schoop would be representing the O’s in Miami for the All Star Game.  Schoop is on pace to have his best season by far of his young career.  Unfortunately Schoop is the only Oriole heading to Miami but there isn’t anyone more deserving than him to be there.

BAD: Brad Brach’s blown save

So after that rough patch that Brach went through in mid-May he’s actually pitched very well for the birds.  On Friday however with a chance to get a nice win to open the series Brach blew his 4th save of the season and it led to a Tampa win 6-4 in extras. Brach has done admirably filling in for Zach Britton but losing one of if not the best closer in baseball has hurt the Orioles in 2017.

The series loss means the Orioles are below .500 at 40-41 as we are at the exact midway point of the season.  Starting Monday the Orioles head to Milwaukee for a rare series against the Brewers and then the first half of the season ends for the Orioles with a 4 game series in Minnesota.

 

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