Baltimore Orioles vs Boston Red Sox: 3 takeaways
By Sam Belden
The Baltimore Orioles finally halted their 13-game road losing streak, but it was still a rough weekend at Fenway.
It was a less than stellar weekend for the Baltimore Orioles, who dropped three out of four games against the Boston Red Sox to fall further off the pace in the American League East. It was their latest series loss in what has been a long, painful season.
The Red Sox pitching staff had been struggling in the month of May, but they seemed to hit their stride against the Birds. Three of their four starters gave up three earned runs or fewer, with David Price (9 IP, 2 ER, 8 SO) and Eduardo Rodriguez (5.2 IP, 0 ER, 7 SO) delivering especially strong performances in the bookend games.
The Orioles showed some flashes, but as usual, their lineup didn’t do much behind Manny Machado. Even with Mark Trumbo and Jonathan Schoop back from injury, this team is going nowhere. It was reasonable enough to think their 7-19 run through April was a fluke, but the second month of the season has brought only a marginal improvement, all but condemning the Birds to the league’s lowest caste.
A rebuild looks more and more inevitable by the day, but to hear ESPN’s Buster Olney tell it, the O’s could have a hard time moving Machado at the trade deadline. That’s all the more reason to shop him around now, so keep an eye out for the latest rumors.
The Orioles will kick off a new series on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. Until then, here are three takeaways from Fenway.