Hey everyone! Do you remember the time when the Orioles pulled off those two incredible come from behind, walk-off wins versus the Pirates?
Yeah, those were good times. Believe it or not, those good times were happening just earlier this week.
What has transpired since has been nothing short of a nightmare.
Not only did the Orioles go up to the Bronx and get swept aside like yesterday’s newspaper, they got creamed for twenty-seven grueling innings straight. The final score over the three-game set was 38-8 Yankees, and that’s all I really have to say about that.
Not only have the Orioles crashed down to fourth place on the table, they are now a season-high 6.5-games back from the first place Bombers, and the last place Blue Jays are only a game and a half away from putting the Orioles in the cellar of the division.
‘I see a bad moon rising,
I see trouble on the way,
I see earthquakes and lightning,
I see bad times today’
Let’s take a look at what went wrong in the Bronx. The short answer would be everything, but we here at ESR like to twist the knife a little bit, just for fun. Or something like that.
– The offense wasn’t able to muster anything all weekend long, and ended the three-game clash in the Bronx with a lowly .189 average as a team while scoring just eight runs on three homers.
– The starting pitching imploded and ended the series having allowed nineteen earned runs over just 10 2/3 innings. That my friends, is good for a horrifying 16.04 ERA.
– The bullpen also crashed and burned in the bright lights of New York City. Orioles relievers ended the series having allowed fifteen earned runs over 13 1/3 innings. The end result of such rubbish is a horrid 10.12 ERA.
Pretty bad, right? It gets worse.
– After their implosion versus the Yankees, the Orioles starting rotation has now posted a woeful 7.10 ERA over their last 13 contests. They’ve combined for just 63 1/3 innings pitched during that span.
– The bullpen has also been trending downwards as of late. They now own a dreadful 6.20 ERA as a unit over the last ten games after getting burned in the Bronx.
– While they made it count when it mattered versus Pittsburgh, Orioles sluggers are hitting just .209 as a unit over the past six ballgames.
Lastly, the Orioles road struggles have been costly and glaring as of late. If they can’t find a way to start winning games away from Camden Yards once again, they more than likely won’t have a place at the table come October. Let’s look at the Orioles worrying struggles while on tour:
– The Orioles haven’t won a game on the road since May 16th in Detroit. They’ve lost nine in a row on the road since and have been outscored 70-24 during that span.
– Since winning the final game of a four-game set in Boston on May 4th, the Orioles have gone a horrid 1-13 away from Camden Yards since. They’ve been demolished 104-56 during that 14-game stretch.
– As a result, the Orioles road record stands at a dismal 10-20. That’s not going to get you into the playoffs.
Sorry everyone. For the second time now this season, there won’t be any weekly awards given out.
You know….due to our current predicament.
Get it together in Chicago lads!