The past 10 games have been a testament of mental fortitude for the Baltimore Orioles as they have gone 5-5, but if the analysis includes the last 15 games the Orioles are 10-5. In the last 15, starting August 1st, their away record is 6-4, and their home record is 5-0. The Orioles’ next 6 games are at home against teams where they have a season record of 11-5 so far.
At home this season, the Orioles have a 33 – 21 record with 231 Runs Scored to 205 Runs Against, and on the road their record is 28 – 34 with 263 Runs Scored and 278 Runs Against. This is an important stat going into this six-game stretch as the Orioles have the upper hand at Camden Yards.
Three key players to the Baltimore Orioles success in 2022
Now here is where it gets exciting for fans.
In the past 7 days (6 games), Jorge Mateo has been a force at the plate with a slash line of .429/.500/.571 with an OPS 1.071. He also has a BABIP of .500, which removes home runs and strikeouts from his overall average. In the past 7 days, he has only struck out 3 times, so he’s making solid contact in each of his at-bats.
In the past 28 days, 23 games, Jorge Mateo has a slash line of .321/.369/.577 with an OPS of .946. His BABIP is .368. On the year, he is the American League leader in stolen bases with 27, and who is second? Cedric Mullins with 25.
Now the biggest story is Baltimore’s emerging leader, Adley Rutschman, who at home this season has a slash line of .261/.419/.391 with an OPS of .810, and against RHP, on the season, he has an OPS of .916.
What is not measured in those stats are the effects of Adley behind the plate as the starting catcher for the Orioles, and how effective he is on defense. Behind the plate he has a .991 fielding percentage and a 3.66 catcher’s ERA. Baltimore is just better with him behind the plate.
We are going to see some amazing things from this team in the very near future and we should see a winning record throughout this homestand as the O’s take on the Red Sox, Cubs, and White Sox.