Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Orioles.
three -- straight blown saves for Orioles closer Jim Johnson on the team’s current homestand.
Every Orioles fan knows that Johnson has blown three straight saves. It has definitely been out of the norm for Johnson, who was unsuccessful in just three save situations in 2012. But what makes it really unusual is that the three blown saves in 2013 came after a stretch where Johnson had converted a club-record 35 save opportunities over the past two seasons. According to Elias Sports Bureau, his save streak was by far the longest in major league history that ended with three straight blown saves. The previous record was held by Toronto's Tom Henke, who had 23 saves for the Blue Jays before blowing three straight in 1987.
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Is Gausman ready for the major leagues? We'll soon find out, but he has certainly been dealing against Double-A opposition over the past month. Gausman has allowed just one earned run in four of his past five starts. He allowed two in the other one. He has a 1.74 ERA over those five starts. He has 28 strikeouts in his past four starts, including a career-high 10 on Friday. In eight starts at Bowie, Gausman is 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA with 49 strikeouts and five walks.
34 -- stolen bases for the Orioles, most in the American League.
Buck Showalter's Orioles didn't run much in 2012. They ranked last in the American League with 58 stolen bases, according to MASN. Adam Jones (16) and Nate McLouth (12) were the only Orioles with more than six steals. But in 2013, the Orioles have already stolen 34 bases, tops in the American League, on 42 attempts. Only the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers have more. McLouth already has 13 steals and Jones has eight on eight attempts.
2.41 -- career ERA for Miguel Gonzalez against the Yankees.
Miguel Gonzalez did not get the win Tuesday night, but he continued to have success against the Bronx Bombers. In four regular-season starts against the Yankees, Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA. He has struck out 22 batters and walked six. The Yankees batted just .206 against Gonzalez in those starts. He also started one game against them in last year's playoffs, allowing one earned run over seven innings but getting a no-decision. Overall, Gonzalez has a 2.41 ERA against the Yankees, including playoffs.
.221 -- J.J. Hardy’s batting average on balls put in play in 2013.
After a sluggish spring and a slow start to the season, Hardy has been more productive in May. After going 0-for-4 on Tuesday night against the Yankees, the Orioles shortstop is batting .282 in the month of May with five home runs, four doubles and 11 RBIs. His average is still .234, but it could be better if the ball bounced his way more often. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Hardy leads the major leagues in percentage of swings resulting in a ball put in play at around 58 percent. But his batting average on balls put in play was just .221, a BABIP that ranks among baseball's lowest.
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