Back from a long weekend
If you’re a regular reader you might have noticed my byline was absent the last few days as I enjoyed a rare weekend away from the park. Whenever I’m off for a few days I like to read everything I can to catch up on what I have may have missed. And these last three games didn’t sound so pretty in print. I can only imagine what Orioles fans thought watching them.
There’s no sugarcoating it. The Orioles are 17-46. They have all kind of problems offensively, defensively and the starting pitching (ie. Kevin Millwood, Brad Bergesen) has had its share of disappointments.
As you all know, Alfredo Simon will be activated prior to today’s game, with Brad Bergesen sent down to Norfolk. I agree with the move to keep Bergesen as a starter and let him do just that in Triple-A. I wasn’t there this weekend but in talking to Bergesen the days prior, he just seemed lost. He wasn’t sure what his future plans were and what the Os wanted to do. At least that part is clear now. Here’s hoping he gets back on track.
As for the O’s record if they lose tonight they join the 1988 team that went 0-21 and went on to post a 17-47 record. This is not the kind of history you would like to make particularly because that team went on to post a franchise-worst 107 losses.
If they Orioles are going to avoid being on this list of historically bad teams, they need to turn the corner now. A 17-46 record heading into Monday’s Giants opener is a .270 winning percentage, good enough to crack the list of baseball’s baddest.
The O’s are also starting to draw comparisons to a woeful ’62 Mets team. How do they stack up to the Mets squad so far? That team was also 17-46 at this point in the season (although a doubleheader put them from 45 to 47 losses in the span of a day).
Through 64 games, the Mets had scored 252 runs and allowed 374 runs. The Orioles (with one less game) have scored 205 and allowed 331.
But there is hope. The young trio of Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta are a promising group of pitchers that will keep the Os in the game more often than not. The question is, how long does an offense go on like this?
And can we even call it a slump? They went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position Sunday and
6-for-35 (.171 average) in the Mets series, dropping their Major League-worst mark in those situations to .217. The Mariners are the closest team to them in runs scored, with 221, and Seattle already fired their hitting coach earlier this season. The O’s are 84 runs below League average and have a AL-low 175 walks. The Royals are next with 184, while the Yankees have drawn the most free passes (268).
Tonight, the Orioles will send Chris Tillman to the mound looking to start the West Coast trip off right. Apparently, the Giants will wear orange uniforms and have a Halloween-type promotion. I’ll do my best to snap pictures on the blog and Twitter.