What I liked /didn’t like about the Orioles four-day run at Yankee Stadium
Game 1: 4-3 loss on Thursday night (May 7)
Game 2: 5-4 loss on Friday night (May 8)
Game 3: 6-2 win on Saturday afternoon (May 9)
Game 4: 6-2 loss on Sunday afternoon (May 10)
What I liked:
1. Jimmy Paredes, Manny Machado and Caleb Joseph – They combined for 16 of the Orioles’ 33 hits and five of the Orioles’ 10 walks in the series.
Paredes went 7-for-16 with two walks, blasting a solo homer in Game 1 and a solo homer and a triple in Game 3.
Machado went 5-for-15 with two walks.
Joseph had four hits and a walk over Games 1 and 2 before not playing in Game 3 and striking out three times in Game 4.
2. Wei-Yin Chen’s Game 3 start – Chen allowed one run in seven innings, recording seven strikeouts. He exited the series sixth in the American League with a 2.52 ERA.
3. The bullpen – Orioles relievers, who were again leaned on a bunch, combined to allow three runs (two earned) in 13 innings, recording 13 strikeouts. Particularly impressive was T.J. McFarland tossing three scoreless innings in Game 2 hours after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.
4. J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty being back – Hardy (left shoulder strain) was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and had a solo homer in Game 4. Flaherty (right groin strain) was reinstated from the 15-day D.L. on Friday.
What I didn’t like:
1. Bad start to 2015 – The O’s have lost 11 of their last 17 games and now are 13-16 overall. Still way too early to panic, and it’s worth remembering that the O’s were 26-27 last year before going 70-39 the rest of the regular season. But the results so far this year have been poor.
2. The starting pitching in Games 1, 3 and 4 – The Orioles’ biggest problem this season continued in three of the four games in the series.
Chris Tillman allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings in Game 1, giving up 10 hits and three walks.
Miguel Gonzalez allowed five runs in four innings in Game 2.
Bud Norris, who was dealing with illness, lasted just 3 1/3 innings in Game 4, giving up four runs on six hits, three walks and a hit-by-pitch.
3. The offense in Game 4 – The O’s struck out 18 times (16 against Michael Pineda) and totaled no walks.
4. Kevin Gausman and Everth Cabrera now being out – Gausman was placed on the 15-day D.L. on Friday (retroactive to May 7) with right shoulder tendinitis. Cabrera was placed on the 15-day D.L. on Thursday with a left foot contusion.