The Orioles apparently left their bats back in the visitors’ clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. They enter tonight’s game against the New York Yankees with just six runs in their past three games, which is obviously a pretty big reason why they are trailing the Yankees, 2-1, in the American League Divisional Series.
But it’s not just that they aren’t having any success at the plate.
It’s which hitters haven’t yet come through when they need to.
Center fielder Adam Jones, catcher Matt Wieters and shortstop J.J. Hardy are a combined 4-for-38 with six strikeouts in this series. They are a combined 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
First baseman Mark Reynolds and designated hitter Jim Thome have not provided any punch for the Orioles, either.
Jones, in particular, has been especially frustrating to watch, as he looks like he is trying to crank a six-run homer into the parking lot on most at-bats. Last night, he saw just 11 pitches in five at-bats.
Too often, Orioles hitters have swung at the first pitch and fallen behind early in the counts, making the stat lines for Yankees starters Andy Pettitte (Game 2) and Hiroki Kuroda (Game 3) look much better than their stuff. They Orioles have drawn three walks.
Overall, the Orioles are hitting just .208 in the series -- they have 22 hits in 106 at-bats -- after going 7-for-40 last night. But Jones says their aggressive attitude won't change with the season on the line.
"It's pretty much win or go home tomorrow, isn't it? There's pretty much no turning back,” Jones said. “We're going to have the same attitude, the same mentality we've had since the first day of spring training. We're going to have fun, let it fly and live with the results.”