Reviewing another costly sweep for the O’s, whose postseason hopes are fading.
Game 1: 4-1 loss on Friday night (Aug. 28)
Game 2: 4-3 loss on Saturday night (Aug. 29)
Game 3: 6-0 loss on Sunday (Aug. 30)
What I liked:
1. The bullpen until the bottom of the eighth in Game 3 – Orioles relievers combined for 6 1/3 scoreless innings in the series until this point.
What I didn’t like:
1. The big picture – The O’s now are 2-11 since their four-game sweep of Oakland Aug. 14-17 and have gotten swept in each of their recent series with teams ahead of them in the wild-card race (Mineesota and Texas).
2. The offense – Just awful. The O’s totaled four runs, batted .160 (15-for-94) and worked just five walks over the three games. The Orioles’ offense has been terrible over the last three series and is the biggest reason for this slide.
3. The starting pitching – Not that it would have made that much of a difference given how bad the offense was, but it’s not like the rotation picked the team up. Kevin Gausman allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings in Game 1, giving up nine hits (including two homers). Ubaldo Jimenez’s season continued to fall apart in Game 2, as he gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings on eight hits and three walks. Miguel Gonzalez then allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings on seven hits, two walks a hit-by-pitch and a wild pitch in Game 3.
4. Zach Britton’s in the bottom of the eighth in Game 3 – He allowed two runs (one earned) on an infield single, a wild pitch, walk, and a single on which two runs scored thanks in part to a Steve Pearce error.
5. What happened hours after the O’s had been swept – The Cubs’ Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter at the Dodgers on Sunday night. The Orioles’ trade of Arrieta has become one of the worst transactions in franchise history. They dealt him and Pedro Strop to the Cubs for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger on July 2, 2013. It was nearly impossible to have a problem with trading Arrieta at the time, as he had posted a 5.46 ERA and 77 ERA+ over 69 games (including 63 starts) with the O’s. What has he now done with the Cubs since then? Posted a 2.48 ERA and 153 ERA+ over 61 starts.