After dropping three straight, Orioles' troubles are mounting
By DAN CONNOLLY and The Baltimore Sun
Apr 05, 2014 | 10:02 AM
Hey, I can be optimistic for only so long. (I'm kidding. Optimism isn't my strength).
By Game 4, with the Orioles having dropped three straight and struggling on the mound and in the batter's box, it's worth mentioning a few of their most troubling numbers so far.
To be fair, it's also worth pointing out that the Orioles have played four games. That's 2 percent of the season. There is absolutely, positively no reason to panic yet, especially considering that the two teams they have played met in a six-game American League Championship Series last year.
But here are some things that have to improve soon before the Orioles dig themselves a deep hole in the AL East.
The club that led the majors in homers last season has just two right now, both by Nelson Cruz, who wasn’t with the team in 2013.
They’ve scored 11 runs total, an average of less than three runs per game. Meanwhile, they’ve given up 21.
Chris Davis and Cruz have combined for five of the team’s nine RBIs. Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy, Matt Wieters and Nick Markakis have combined for one.
Ryan Flaherty, who had a nightmarish start at the plate last year (0-for-17 with nine strikeouts), has not fared much better. He is currently 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts.
Of the Orioles' four pitchers to start this season, only Ubaldo Jimenez has gone six innings.
Those four starters have allowed 16 earned runs and 33 hits in 20 innings (7.20 ERA). What’s more, none of those 20 innings were perfect.
The Orioles have just two perfect innings pitched in their 35 this year. Relievers Zach Britton (seventh inning Monday) and Ryan Webb (seventh inning Friday) did it.