A study led by Anton Dahbura, a research scientist in the computer sciences department at Hopkins, explored how players hit when games were not on the line, and the results could spark conversation about player value.
It certainly is no secret in Baltimore and beyond that the Orioles starting rotation is in crisis, which just makes it that much more frustrating for fans to watch from afar as 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta continues along his merry way.
The Orioles' late-game frailty when it comes to left-handed hitters showed itself Monday when both Ashur Tolliver and Mychal Givens allowed home runs to lefties. But for now, it will continue to be Tolliver as the situational left-hander coming out of the bullpen in those circumstances.
A second straight start for left fielder Hyun Soo Kim on Thursday, combined with the cooling of Joey Rickard's hot start, means there now might be more to ponder when assigning the corner outfield spots as the Orioles move forward.
The two weeks since the Orioles lost Gold Glove shortstop J.J. Hardy have felt largely the same for the team — late, home run-fueled wins and an air of invincibility at home — even if it's all occurring without their leader in the infield.