Baltimore Orioles waste Dylan Bundy’s quality start in loss

The Baltimore Orioles need to figure out a way to win. Not in general, not this season, not anytime or anything other than one game. Teams go through good stretches and bad over the course of a season. However the Birds have started the year in a funk, which makes it feel like the dog days of August – when in fact fans should still be celebrating the return of baseball.

Unfortunately for the O’s, they wasted a quality start by Dylan Bundy this afternoon in Houston. For the second consecutive game, Bundy gave the Orioles a quality start, and for the second consecutive game, he left with a no decision. Bundy’s line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 earned), 2 BB, 8 K.

Adam Jones popped into a force out when his pop fly fell at the feet of the Houston outfielders. However that came with a runner on third base, which gave the O’s a 1-0 lead. Houston would tie it up one inning later on an RBI-ground out, however in the fourth Gentry would reach on an error with a runner at third, allowing the Birds to take the lead back at 2-1.

Houston would tie the game on a sac bunt-RBI in the sixth. And one inning later Bregman’s RBI-single would give them a 3-2 lead, which they never surrendered. At a certain point, you have to wonder if the O’s aren’t overly predictable. They look to bash the ball out of the park on every play. That’s their nature, and the fact is that in the division in which they play it has to be…

…but it also allows pitchers to know exactly what they’re going to throw. Houston ironically isn’t a team that bunts too often. That goes against the analytics that drive their game in terms of sacrificing outs. However they probably caught the Orioles off guard with that squeeze bunt. And it netted them a win.

Should bunting and playing the game one base at a time be the Orioles’ game plan? No. They’d get bludgeoned to death in their division. But it should be something that they do here and there. Because otherwise their offense remains predictable and stagnant.

Going back to Bundy for a moment, as I’ve said many times pitchers will usually have ten good starts, ten poor, and ten in between over the course of a season. Mind you, that’s not an absolute stat; but the O’s wasted a good start by Bundy today in a losing effort. That’s not something that can happen.

The O’s now head to the Bronx where they’ll open up a four-game series with the New York Yankees tomorrow night. Andrew Cashner gets the start tomorrow for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by NY’s Masahiro Tanaka. Game time is set for just after 6:30 PM.

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