Another night, another oh-for at the plate for an Orioles designated hitter.
On Wednesday night, it was Nolan Reimold who kept his glove in the clubhouse and took some hacks as the designated hitter. He was hitless in four at-bats -- with three strikeouts -- in a 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Through 14 games, the Orioles have gotten just three hits in 53 plate appearances from their designated hitters.
So just how poorly have their designated hitters performed?
Seven National League teams have gotten more production from their pitchers than the Orioles have from designated hitters.
According to Matt Snyder of CBS Sports, the pitchers from the Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals collectively have higher averages, on-base percentages and slugging percentages than Orioles designated hitters so far.
In fact, 16 big league teams have gotten a higher batting average from their pitchers than the Orioles have from DHs, but Snyder eliminated teams with fewer than 30 pitcher plate appearances.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter says he has confidence in his guys and 14 games out of a 162-game season is still a small sample size, so you can expect the designated hitters to slowly make their numbers more respectable over the long haul.
But that lack of production has hamstrung the Orioles recently.