The Good & The Bad from Tigers v. Orioles (Aug 3-6, 2017)

Sports and Bets — August 7, 2017 at 3:39 pm by

A series that could’ve been a 3-1 win turned into a 2-2 split.  Not a complete disaster considering the Orioles lost the first two games of the series.  Baltimore goes 5-2 on the home stand to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

GOOD:  Tim Beckham

Wow, talk about making a great first impression with your new ball club.  Beckham has been an absolute beast since arriving in Baltimore.  Against the Tigers in four games, Beckham hit .625 with 3 home runs and 4 RBI, he even hit the 10,000TH home run in Orioles history.  You could not have asked for a better start from a new player.

BAD: Chris Tillman heads to bullpen

There is no other way to slice it, Tillman has been just awful in 2017.  Tillman pitched in game one of the series and could not get through three innings, allowing 6 hits and 5 earned runs ballooning his ERA to 8.10.  Manager Buck Showalter has made the decision to move Tillman to the bullpen until he gets right, a place he has never been since his MLB debut in 2009.

GOOD: This is the Manny Machado I remember

I think we are finally seeing the Manny Machado we are used to seeing.  The series started rough with a 0 for 4 in game one but the next three games he would go 7 for 13 including a 4 hit 5 RBI performance on Sunday.  Manny’s average is slowly creeping up to where it should be.  In exactly one month Machado has raised his batting average 41 points (.216 to .257), and oh yea he started a 5-4-3 Triple play on Thursday night.

BAD: Mychal Givens

This may be a tad harsh because of how lights out Givens has been of late.  Before Friday’s game Givens had not allowed a run in 12 straight games.  After another good outing from Gausman, Givens came in the 8TH, he would allow three hits, walk one and give up a Grand Slam to Justin Upton in the O’s 5-2 loss in Game 2.  Givens has been really good so not going to beat him up over this, everyone has a bad night.

So the Orioles just keep hanging around in the wild card race.  After the series split with Detroit, Baltimore is now 55-56 just 2 and a half games back for the second wild card spot.  This next road trip could determine if the O’s will be playing in October.  It’s 10 games out west and they will be battling the LA Angels (half-game behind O’s) and Seattle (1 game ahead of O’s).

 

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