The Good & The Bad from Red Sox v. Orioles (June 1-4 2017)

Sports and Bets — June 5, 2017 at 9:36 am by

Well that was kind of a disappointing series.  Don’t get me wrong I’m usually ok with a spilt series, it’s better than losing 3 of 4, but after you win the first two games the least you are looking for is to take 3 out of 4, unfortunately that didn’t happen for the boys in orange and black.  It’s especially frustrating because at the end of the series the Orioles gained no ground on the Boston Red Sox.

GOOD: Chris Davis

Davis, probably more than any other player, gets hammered by fans and the press when he’s not swinging the bat well.  I guess it comes with the territory of having the biggest contract on the team.  Davis wasn’t spectacular at the plate but he did get at least one hit in every game and drove in 3 runs in the series.  Davis has a 6 game hit streak going, raising his average to .232.

BAD: Chris Tillman’s first inning woes continue

Chris Tillman has got to get off to better starts in these games.  Tillman pitched in Sunday’s finale and for the third straight start he gave up multiple runs in the first inning, this time 2 to Boston.  The Orioles responded quickly but an unfortunate throwing error in the 6TH inning undid the O’s in their Game 4 loss.

GOOD: Alec Asher’s rebound start

After calling for Asher to be in the rotation for quite some time, he let me down with a two inning stinker against Houston.  Well this series against the Red Sox he totally redeemed himself.  Asher pitched in game 2 of the series and got into the seventh inning allowing just 2 runs on 3 hits and striking out 5.  The Orioles won the game 3-2 and Asher lowered his ERA to 3.62.

BAD: Mike Wright’s tough series

Mike Wright had some issues against the Red Sox this weekend.  He pitched in two games for a total of 4 innings and he allowed 5 runs on 5 hits.  In game one with the Orioles seeming to coast to an easy victory, Wright gave up a 3 run home run in the ninth inning that made it 7-5, which was the final for the O’s win.  In Sunday’s finale Wright was charged with the last 2 runs in the Red Sox 7-3 win.  The one bright spot is he did strike out 6 in those 4 innings.

A couple other side notes, Jonathan Schoop continues to be the Orioles most consistent hitter.  He had a hit in 3 of the 4 games and two of those were multi hit affairs.  Ubaldo is still Ubaldo, he only pitched one inning on Saturday night but gave up 2 runs and the way David Price was pitching, and it put the game out of reach for the Orioles.  Also good to see Hyun-Soo Kim getting some chances, two of them were pinch hit chances but it’s better than not seeing him at all.

The Orioles have Monday off before hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates for a short 2 game inter-league series on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

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