Observations from and analysis of the Orioles’ series loss at the Yankees
Game 1: 13-5 loss on Thursday night (Sept. 14)
Game 2: 8-2 loss on Friday night (Sept. 15)
Game 3: 9-3 loss on Saturday (Sept. 16)
Game 4: 6-4 win on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 17)
1. This series felt like the unofficial end to the Orioles’ season. The series marked the end of a highly-disappointing 2-8 road trip that left the O’s 5 ½ games behind Minnesota for the American League’s second wild-card spot. The series also was the end of a horrendous season for the O’s against the Yankees. The O’s allowed 154 runs against the Yankees this season; that’s the most runs scored by a team against any opponent in the expansion era (since 1961).
2. The Orioles’ four starting pitchers in this series were Wade Miley, Gabriel Ynoa, Jeremy Hellickson and Ubaldo Jimenez. How are you supposed to compete with starting pitching like that? Miley on Thursday night was horrendous, allowing six runs on six hits and recording one out in the worst start of his career. Ynoa on Friday night allowed three runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Hellickson on Saturday allowed six runs in three innings. Only Ubaldo was good as he on Sunday afternoon allowed one run in five innings with 10 strikeouts.
3. The Orioles’ bullpen continued to struggle, allowing 18 runs (16 earned) in 20 1/3 innings over the four games.
4. The Orioles’ offense was good on Thursday night (12 hits, including three homers and three doubles) and drew eight walks on Saturday but otherwise mostly continued to struggle.