Baltimore Orioles’ hitters are far too precise

Another quality start by a Baltimore Orioles’ starter, this time Andrew Cashner. And yet, another loss. And the worst part? New York looked fairly susceptible last night. The game was ripe for the taking, but the O’s couldn’t muster more than one run. Cashner’s line: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K.

At first it looked like the Orioles were going to have things on track last night. Manny Machado smacked a solo homer in the first inning to give the O’s a 1-0 lead. However I’ve said this previously; it seems that all Oriole home runs these days are solo shots. And here’s the ironic part…I don’t think they’re “relying on the homer” as much as we’re being told that they are. But don’t statistics and results indicate otherwise?

Outwardly, yes. However go just a little deeper below the surface. There’s nary one hitter on the roster against whom the opponent isn’t employing some sort of shift. And true to form, the Oriole hitters are hitting the ball to almost the exact spots where opposing fielders are playing. Hence so many quick innings.

Oriole hitters have gotten so predictable that teams can position their fielders in shifts and have a great amount of confidence that the ball’s going to go to that spot. On one hand that type of precision is somewhat impressive on the Orioles’ part. However it doesn’t help when it comes to the ball finding a hole and a guy getting on base. Obviously the only true remedy to that short of adjusting your hitting is hitting the ball over the fence.

New York would tie the game at one in the third on an RBI-single by Torres. Ironically, Torres was on base after hitting directly into the Orioles’ shift. The ball deflected off of Davis’ glove at first and popped straight up into the air – enough time for Torres to get to second base. And when things are going poorly, those are the types of things that happen.

Two innings later New York had the lead on Bird’s RBI-triple. New York would also get an RBI-double from Romine in the sixth, and a solo homer from Judge in the seventh. The O’s would actually load the bases in the last of the eighth with only one out. However a Schoop strikeout and a Davis flyout ended the threat.

The series continues this afternoon (weather permitting) at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Masahiro Tanaka. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.

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