The Baltimore Orioles are still having trouble scoring runs – both for Dylan Bundy as well as for other pitchers. However last night and this afternoon they played a team in the New York Mets who have been having similar difficulties. And just as the did last night, the Orioles took advantage this afternoon. But it begins and ends with starting pitching; Bundy’s line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K.
The game was a scoreless tie until the eighth inning. After putting a couple of runners on base, Manny Machado‘s sac fly-RBI gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead. And the bullpen took care of the rest.
Again, the concern is that the O’s are still struggling to score runs. However I would point out that in what ended up being the final game with New York last Saturday they put five runs on the board. It’s easy enough to call out Oriole bats, and that’s certainly part of it. But the opponent has something to say about it also. And the Birds ran into some good pitching in Queens this week.
Perhaps there is some irony in the fact that the Orioles had to surrender their DH for these two games, and while the offensive output wasn’t the greatest, they won. Mind you, that wasn’t due to the fact that they didn’t have a DH, and their pitchers didn’t add anything offensively. But it’s just a strange fact. For what it’s worth, the O’s will have to surrender their DH again starting June 19th for six games – three in Washington, and three in Atlanta.
The Orioles’ rotation has steadily improved over the past few weeks. Unfortunately that hasn’t translated into wins per se, but we’ve seen quite a few quality starts. Including in today’s game. That does and should stand for something, according to manager Buck Showalter (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):
It’s like I said earlier, pitching every fifth day and being the same pitcher every time out is really, really hard to do. Just the sum of the parts as far as the rotation, we’re starting to get a little depth in it now. Not only here, but down below, so down the road I still think this year and next year and years to come it’s got a chance to be strength of ours. And from within.
The O’s now head north of the border for the first time this season to open up a four-game set in Toronto. David Hess gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Jaime Garcia. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.