How much attention are you paying to this year’s Orioles? You can be honest. This is a safe place. There are a lot of options out there. Game of Thrones is wrapping up its run on TV. There is yet another Avengers movie in theaters. And don’t pretend that you aren’t at least a little excited to see the live-action Aladdin with Will Smith as the Genie.
The Orioles aren’t exactly making it a difficult choice. There is plenty of blame to go around, but it all starts and ends with the futility of the pitching staff. Their 6.05 ERA is more than half a run higher than the second-worst unit in the league. It gets even worse when examining home run totals.
Big league hitters are smacking home runs at a ridiculous pace. Each team is averaging 1.33 home runs per game, an increase from 1.26 in 2017. That may not sound like a lot, but it would mean 358 more home runs hit over an entire season.
The O’s hurlers are doing their part. As of this writing, they have served up 73 round-trippers, an astonishing 21 more than the St. Louis Cardinals, who sit in second-to-last-place on that list of despair.
Why are so many home runs being hit? What makes the Orioles pitchers especially bad at keeping the ball in the park? Tyler and Jesse answer those questions, and more, in this week’s episode of The Warehouse Podcast. Subscribe on iTunes. Spotify, TuneIn and anywhere else you get your audio entertainment.