The Orioles went into the All-Star break 44-44 after losing 10 of their past 13 games. Here's a look at how they got there.

Situational struggles


The Orioles experienced a dramatic dropoff in terms of situational hitting over their last 13 games before the break. Dating to the seventh inning of a July 5 win over the Chicago White Sox, the Orioles have an astonishing one hit in their past 41 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Going back to the beginning of the 3-10 stretch, the Orioles have just seven hits in their past 81 at-bats with RISP.

The Orioles had been far and away the best team in the majors in those situations before their recent troubles, batting .320 with RISP through 75 games this season. They're now hitting .290 in those spots to rank fourth, behind the Toronto Blue Jays (.298), Colorado Rockies (.294) and San Francisco Giants (.290).

Road woes

The Orioles went 1-5 on their last road trip to Chicago and Minnesota to see their mark away from Camden Yards plummet to 17-26. That gives them the fewest road wins and second-worst road winning percentage in the American League.

A big part of the Orioles' success in their 2012 and 2014 playoff seasons was winning on the road. They finished an identical 46-35 on the road in each of those two seasons, sandwiched around a 39-42 mark in 2013, when they finished 85-77 and missed the postseason. The Orioles are on pace for their worst road record since going 30-51 in 2011.

They lead the AL East in home wins with 27. But they must do better on the road to stay in contention.

Bullpen boost

The Orioles bullpen has continued to be a strength, ranking third in the AL and sixth in the majors with a 2.90 ERA. Since April 29, the relief corps has been even better, ranking second in the majors and leading the AL with a 2.39 ERA while holding opponents to a .217 average, which is tied for second in the majors.

Right-handed setup man Darren O'Day was an All-Star for a reason, as his 1.07 ERA ranks fourth among major league relievers. In his second season as closer, left-hander Zach Britton earned his first All-Star nod by tying for third in the AL with 23 saves heading into the break. Britton has a 1.72 ERA and has converted a career-best 19 straight save opportunities.

Rotation decline

The Orioles have not received the same kind of contributions from their rotation as they did a year ago. The Orioles went into the break with a 4.20 starting pitchers' ERA, which ranks 10th in the AL, and the second-fewest starters' innings in the AL.

In 2014, the Orioles finished fifth in the AL with a 3.61 rotation ERA and 10th in starters' innings.

Right-handers Chris Tillman (6-7, 5.40 ERA) and Bud Norris (2-9, 6.86 ERA) have been the biggest disappointments. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (7-6, 4.24 ERA) isn't far behind with a 6.20 ERA over his past five starts.

Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (4-5, 2.78 ERA) and right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (7-4, 2.81 ERA) have carried the rotation.


On the defensive

The Orioles continue to be one of the best fielding teams in the majors, having committed the fewest errors in the AL (39) and second-fewest in the majors.

The Orioles lead the AL and rank third in the majors with a .988 fielding percentage. The returns of shortstop J.J. Hardy and catcher Matt Wieters have helped fortify the club up the middle. Third baseman Manny Machado has gotten himself in order, rebounding from a stretch of nine errors in 26 games to commit just three in his past 50.

The Orioles also lead the majors with 26 outfield assists, led by Adam Jones' six and Travis Snider's five.

Still power-happy

Even after the much-discussed departures of Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, the Orioles' offensive numbers rank almost exactly where they did a year ago.

Their .255 average is sixth in the AL, right where it finished in 2014. Their 387 runs also rank sixth, exactly where the club finished a season ago. Their .310 on-base percentage stands 10th in the AL after they ended 11th in that category last season.

They still rely on the home run, ranking fourth in the AL with 110, but that's the only area with noticeable slippage. The Orioles led the majors with 211 home runs in 2014.


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