The Birds by the Numbers

I’ve always enjoyed comparative statistics and rankings. So I’ve taken major team statistics so far this year and seen how Baltimore stacks up.

So how do the Orioles compare in their division? The AL? The Majors?

Well, offensively the O’s don’t compare well in the AL East. But, then again they are in one of the best divisions in baseball when it comes to performance at the plate. The Blue Jays and Red Sox rank towards the top of the AL in some of the major offensive categories.

One of the more random stats is the Orioles and base stealing. The O’s have one of the lowest stolen base totals in the Majors, but have also been caught stealing the least. This leads to the 5th best stolen base percentage in the Majors.

But where Baltimore really tends to struggle in the numbers is on the hill. The O’s are last in the AL East in wins, ERA, saves and most homers allowed.

Oh, and just a confirmation that Matt Wieters is good at this catcher thing, Baltimore has allowed the second-least amount of stolen bases in the AL.

A few reminders:
*There are 5 teams in the AL East, 14 teams in the American League and 30 in MLB
*The rankings are done according to cumulative team statistics
*”First” or “Last” don’t necessarily denote the most or least of something. For example, for team strikeouts (on offense), being ranked first means the least amount of SO.
*The rankings reflect statistics entering Thursday’s games

-Avi Zaleon

You can find all the rankings below:


Offense

Team batting average- .250:
4th in AL East
10th in AL
17th in MLB

Runs- 240:
Last in AL East
10th in AL
20th in MLB

Hits- 313:
3rd in AL East
9th in AL
18th in MLB

Extra base hits- 147:
Last in AL East
12th in AL
25th in MLB

Total bases- 778:
Last in AL East
11th in AL
23rd in MLB

HR- 57:
Last in AL East
9th in AL
14th in MLB

On-base percentage- .315:
4th in AL East
10th in AL
21st in MLB

Slugging percentage- .379:
Last in AL East
11th in AL
21st in MLB

Strikeouts- 397:
1st in AL East
6th in AL
8th in MLB

Stolen bases- 24:
Last in AL East
13th in AL
27th in MLB

Caught stealing- 6:
1st in AL East
1st in AL
1st in MLB

Walks- 182:
Last in AL East
13th in AL
26th in MLB

Pitching

Wins- 29:
Last in AL East
11th in AL
20th in MLB

ERA- 4.23:
Last in AL East
11th in AL
23rd in MLB

Saves- 12:
Last in AL East
12th in AL
23rd in MLB

Save opportunities- 18:
Tied for last in AL East
Tied for last in AL
Tied for last in MLB

HRs allowed- 70:
Last in AL East
12th in AL
27th in MLB

Strikeouts- 407:
3rd in AL East
9th in AL
23rd in MLB

Shutouts- 4:
3rd in AL East
t-6th in AL
t-9 in MLB

Stolen bases allowed- 29:
First in AL East
2nd in AL
5th in MLB

Fielding

Errors- 38:
t-3rd in AL East
t-7th in AL
t-17th in MLB

Fielding percentage-.983:
t-3rd in AL East
t-8th in AL
t-19th in MLB

Double plays- 55
2nd in AL East
t-8th in AL
t-13th in MLB

3 Comments

Ummmm… the Orioles are last in wins in the AL East because they are in last place. That may or may not be a reflection on their pitching staff.

Biased, admittedly… but I think the Orioles burned out. I think they went so hard early there was nowhere to go but down.
I think they’re going to be a great team- a really great team. But not this year.
And you’re completely right about ALE being the toughest.
And I do like your catcher.
Interesting tidbit about stolen bases. Totally didn’t know that.

This article is insulting.

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