After an exciting Baltimore Orioles win on Monday, the Tuesday night game against the Oakland Athletics did not go as well.
The Baltimore Orioles cannot seem to get any momentum going as August continues along.
Since the Orioles went on their West Coast trip on August 7, their record has been six wins and nine losses. Unfortunately, the O’s cannot seem to string two wins together in a row. This is not the same for the losses.
The six wins have been credited to Dylan Bundy, Wade Miley, Kevin Gausman, and Darren O’Day. Bundy and Miley each have two of the six wins. O’Day earned the win the day that Manny Machado hit the walk-off Grand Slam. Gausman’s win was 11-3 against the Seattle Mariners, which also included a Machado Grand Slam.
When it comes to pitching, this fifteen-game streak has been a microcosm of the season. Of the pitchers, Bundy and Miley have provided the most consistency. Gausman has been hit-or-miss, with more misses than hits. And, Jimenez has been consistently hittable. The bullpen has been reliable, but occasionally has a hiccup or two, which is to be expected by any group of relievers. It’s those back-end starters that are creating the most trouble.
What has changed is the way the offense is producing. In these fifteen games between August 7 and August 22, different parts of the line up have been producing. Tim Beckham and Manny Machado have been massive producers. Machado is batting .308 with 22 RBIs and 7 home runs. Beckham is batting .354 with six RBIs and two home runs. Jonathan Schoop is batting .290 with 11 RBIs and 2 home runs. And, Adam Jones is fitting comfortably in his new spot batting fourth with an average of .327 with 10 RBIs and 4 home runs.
Chris Davis has been performing better than he has all season. In these last 15 games, he has an average of .267 with a home run and six RBIs. He still is far from producing like he should be.
Trey Mancini has been relatively silent. In these fifteen games, he is batting .196 with four RBIs and three home runs. In the last week, he hasn’t scored a run. Even the catchers, who were tops in the AL, have slowed down a bit.
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The game against the Athletics on Tuesday night also reflected the majority of the losses this season. The O’s had seven hits and were walked twice. But, only one of those hits was a home run. On the flip side, the A’s had four home runs on the night, with 13 total hits, and three walks. The O’s do not win when they do not hit several home runs. And, teams rarely win when their pitchers give up more than one home run.
When it comes to home runs on the 2017 season, the Orioles are tied for second with the Mets with 186 on the season. But, those home runs are not enough to overcome being ranked 28th when it comes to pitching. Especially since the Orioles pitching has given up 192 home runs. That’s a lot to ask of a group of hitters.
If the O’s are going to get into the postseason, the pitching has to help the offense. And, the whole team needs to combine to get a streak of wins going. Winning one, then losing one or two isn’t going to do it.