BALTIMORE — Buck Showalter hasn't been extremely pleased with the Baltimore Orioles' schedule to this point in the season.
Many times, the Orioles have had night games on the final day of a road trip, followed by a home game the next night. That means the Orioles frequently have arrived back in Baltimore during the early hours and then play on little sleep.
The Orioles didn't arrive back in Baltimore until around 4 a.m. early Friday morning after a 10-game road trip that featured stops at Milwaukee, Houston, and then Texas. Therefore, Showalter told his players not to report to Camden Yards until 4 p.m., much later than usual.
Meanwhile, the Oakland Athletics arrived in Baltimore at 7 p.m. on Thursday night, giving them plenty of time to rest for Friday night's 7:05 p.m. start.
"I'm trying real hard not to say anything today," Showalter said before Friday's game. "It's just almost comical."
Not only have the Orioles had to deal with this unfortunate scheduling, they also weren't home very often during the first two months of the season. Entering Friday's game, Baltimore had played just 23 games at home.
That was at least three fewer than every other team in the major leagues. It was at least five fewer than every other team in the American League.
The Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies both had played only 26 home games, tied for the second-fewest. The Washington Nationals entered Friday having played 34 games at home, most in the majors.
When Baltimore has been home, it hasn't played particularly well though. The Orioles owned an 11-12 record at Camden Yards entering Friday's game.
But Friday was the beginning of a 10-game homestand for Baltimore, its longest of the season tho this point.
It may not be any easier than the Orioles' previous homestands though.
After facing the Athletics, the team with the best record in the American League, AL East division rivals Boston and Toronto come to town. The Blue Jays are in first place and have been playing their best baseball of the season as of late.
And when the homestand ends with a 1:35 p.m. game next Sunday, the Orioles will be able to get plenty of rest after flying to Tampa Bay for their next road trip.
But it's certainly not the last time Baltimore will have to travel and then get little rest. And it likely won't be the last time Showalter voices his displeasure with that scheduling quirk, particularly if the other team gets additional rest.
But for now, the Orioles will enjoy being home, something they hadn't experienced much this season.
"We've been the victim of some road crowds like we all have and our guys have handled it real well," Showalter told reporters in Texas earlier this week. "Then we go home to some of the best teams in baseball, so no rest for the weary. That's part of it."