Defense (Grade: B)

It’s hard to make any sense out of the Orioles defensive performance last week, since three of their five errors came in one game and that game was the 16-run outburst on Monday.  Two of those errors came after the 16th run was scored, so you have to wonder if there was just a drop in defensive intensity at that point. Still, the five errors kept the Orioles ranked 14th in the majors in fielding percentage (.984) and dropped them to 15th in fewest errors (75). Not going to penalize them all that much because they made some terrific plays to win the two pivotal one-run games that made it such a successful week.

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