The Good & The Bad from Yankees v. Orioles (May 29-31, 2017)

Sports and Bets — June 1, 2017 at 11:53 am by

It seemed all the Orioles needed was to play the American League East again.  After taking 2 out of 3 against the Yankees the O’s are now 19-11 against their own division.  There are still some issues but at least we aren’t talking about an extended losing streak anymore.

GOOD: LOSING STREAK IS OVER!

Ok this is a tad tongue and cheek, but during that 7 game losing streak it did feel as though it would never end.  The icing on the cake taking 2 out of 3 against the first place Yankees.

BAD: Chris Tillman

Now last time I wrote about Chris Tillman, I didn’t want to be too harsh because of him returning from injury.  Well he now has 5 starts under his belt and they seem to be getting worse.  Tillman pitched in the middle game of the three game series and only lasted 2 and two thirds and he gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, three of those were home runs.  Not much left to say, Tillman has to be better.

GOOD: Dylan Bundy shines again

I hate to say that we kind of expect it from Bundy being he’s so young, but aren’t you surprised when he doesn’t pitch well?  In desperate need of a win Bundy pitched on Memorial Day and was spectacular.  Bundy pitched seven innings and only allowed 2 runs.  With that performance Bundy’s ERA is now 2.89 and he picked up his sixth win of the season.  Bundy might be making a strong case to make the 2017 All Star team, maybe even the starter.

BAD: Manny Machado’s ice cold bat

Ok, should we be concerned with Machado’s lack of hitting?  Manny was an abysmal 0 for 14 against the Yankees and he struck out 8 of those 14 times.  The weird thing for Manny is that power number wise he’s second on the team in home runs and second in RBI.  You could attribute that to the Orioles struggling as a team overall, but regardless he’s producing decent power numbers.  Machado is one of those consistent players that we just expect to hit over .280, which he’s done every season he’s played at least 150 games.  Excluding 2012 (didn’t debut until August 9), this is the lowest Manny Machado’s batting average has been entering June, it’s at .205.

So we can breathe a little bit, but let’s not kid ourselves, the Orioles have some issues.  Kevin Gausman was less than sharp barely lasting into the sixth inning despite the O’s giving him a 7-1 lead on Wednesday night.  Too many guys in the lineup right now are struggling, we have only seen glimpses of what this lineup really can be.  One bright spot was Brad Brach, he pitched on Memorial Day and he retired the Yankees on just 11 pitches and was as sharp as we’ve seen him all season.

Orioles continue their battle with American League East teams, the Boston Red Sox come to town starting on Thursday night for a huge 4 game series, the O’s trail the Sox by a game in a half in the AL East standings.

 

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