More sobering stats
I know you’re tired of hearing about how poorly the Orioles are playing in all facets of the game. But instead of giving you quotes or lamenting what’s going on, here are some stats that include tonight’s 10-4 loss at Fenway Park.
The Orioles (36-49) have lost 9 of their last 10 and 18 of 24. They need to get better, as manager Buck Showalter –who had a team meeting last night — has been quick to point out. But what do they need to get better at exactly? Everything.
Thursday’s loss marked the third time in four games the Orioles have allowed 10 or more runs, a stretch in which they have been outscored 40-15. They also had the lead in three of those four games, which –depending on how you look at it — is even more frustrating.
Their offense –which went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position Thursday– has a .173 RISP average since June 11, while their defense has coughed up 14 unearned runs on 19 errors in 24 games.
The starting staff has pitched to a 6.91 ERA over the last 23 games with just one starter — Jeremy Guthrie — completing seven innings over that stretch.
Finally, and I don’t mean to pile on one player, but Derrek Lee’s productive hitting has been a particular sore spot.
Lee — whose Wednesday homer snapped an 0-for-10 mark with runners in scoring position — hit into an inning-ending double play in the fifth and continues to struggle with men on base, posting a .131 (8-for-61) season RISP average. You could argue that his groundout did score a run tonight and you would be right. But is that really the kind of production you envisioned from a middle of the order bat?