Baltimore Orioles: 3 Positives During This Losing Streak
By Mitch Hill
As the Baltimore Orioles continue to struggle through this nine-game losing streak, we look at three positives the team can build on
With Wednesday’s defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Twins, the Baltimore Orioles have allowed their losing streak to get to nine games. This is a rough stretch for an O’s team that has lost nine straight and has not won a series since the first week of May. Even with all of the defeats, we can still find positives that the 2021 Baltimore Orioles give us.
1. Trey Mancini
Mr. Consistent for the Baltimore Orioles, Trey Mancini has been a model major league hitter in 2021 with a .278 average, 11 home runs, and a league-leading 42 RBIs. In the past week, Mancini has done everything he can to help the Orioles out of this slump. He is currently posting a .370 average, 3 home runs, and 8 runs batted in through his last seven games. It is hard to say if Mancini will be a member of the Baltimore Orioles after the trade deadline, considering his value that many teams in Major League Baseball see in him so while he is a member of the Baltimore Orioles, Trey Mancini is a must-watch with every step to the plate.
2. John Means
The ace of this Orioles pitching staff, John Means gives quality starts each time he steps on the mound. Posting a 4-0 record with a 1.79 ERA, Means provides Baltimore the needed consistent pitching that has been missing from the other starting pitchers on the staff this season. Every time Means starts a game he gives the Baltimore Orioles a chance to get themselves in the win column. If he had only gotten a little more run support in his last start, maybe the Orioles losing streak would’ve ended at six.
Mullins, hitting from the left side this season has posted a team-leading .298 average so far in 2021. While the quality at-bats that Mullins shows series after series is key for the future of the Orioles, it is his outfield command in centerfield that makes him a bright spot for Baltimore. During the 125 fielding chances that he has had to face, Mullins boasts a perfect fielding percentage. It is nice to see a consistent center fielder once again in a Baltimore Orioles Uniform. It is the shining moments that Mullins has that make you reminisce of a young Adam Jones in centerfield.
With nine straight losses, the Baltimore Orioles sit with an AL worst 17-32 record. This is year three of Brandon Hyde’s tenure with the club and one can only hope that he finds a way to right the ship and improve on last year’s winning percentage. It is dark times in the rebuilding process for the O’s, but the few bright spots for this team give us hope that things are still moving in the correct direction on Eutaw Street.