Observations from and analysis of the O’s losing three games at the white-hot Indians
Game 1: 5-0 loss on Friday night (Sept. 8)
Game 2: 4-2 loss on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 9)
Game 3: 3-2 loss on Sunday night (Sept. 10)
1. On the one hand, the O’s went into the cauldron that is Cleveland right now, as the Indians came out of this series with a franchise-record 18-game winning streak. On the other hand, whatever. The O’s need wins but aren’t getting them. The O’s now are just 3-7 since their seven-game winning streak in late August.
2. The Orioles’ offense was terrible in this series: just four runs, a .170 team batting average (16-for-94), just three walks, just two homers and just seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. And all of this happened despite the O’s not facing the Indians’ ace, Corey Kluber.
Baltimore Orioles’ Jonathan Schoop walks back to the dugout after Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen struck him out during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. The Indians 3-2 win extended their winning streak to 18 games. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
3. The Orioles’ starting pitching again was bad.
- Wade Miley on Friday night allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings, giving up a three-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion on an 0-1 pitch in the bottom of the first, three doubles, two singles and three walks.
- Gabriel Ynoa on Saturday night allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings on seven hits, though five of them were singles, and he did issue no walks. Ynoa started because Chris Tillman has been removed from the rotation for a second time this season, though, as I’ve pointed out, don’t expect that to last. The O’s have so little pitching depth that they continually go back to Tillman and Ubaldo Jimenez to make starts despite those guys having been “removed” from the rotation multiple times this season.
- Jeremy Hellickson on Sunday night allowed three runs in six innings. He gave up just four hits, but they included back-to-back homers to begin the bottom of the sixth and a double in a one-run first.
4. The bullpen was good, allowing just two runs in 7 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts.