Observations from and analysis of the Orioles’ series loss at the Blue Jays
Game 1: 4-3 loss on Monday night (Sept. 11)
Game 2: 3-2 loss on Tuesday night (Sept. 12)
Game 3: 2-1 win on Wednesday night (Sept. 13)
1. The Orioles’ offense continued to struggle in this series, during which the O’s totaled just seven runs. The O’s had just six hits and a walk on Monday night, just six hits and no walks on Tuesday night and just seven hits to go with four walks on Wednesday night. The O’s needed to do a lot better in this series than losing two of three at the last-place team in the American League East. The offense again came up very small.
Baltimore Orioles’ Joey Rickard reacts after bunting a pop up for an out against the Toronto Blue Jays’ in the inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
2. Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, off being horribly disappointing in their previous outings, bounced back.
- Bundy on Tuesday night, making his first start since getting ripped in a loss to the Yankees on Sept. 4, was good: one run in six innings on eight strikeouts versus five hits and a walk on 89 pitches. As disappointing as that start against the Yankees was (five runs in four innings in a 7-4 loss), Bundy continues to be more of a strikeout pitcher: 53 strikeouts in 38 innings over his last six starts.
- Gausman on Wednesday night, making his first start since allowing five runs in three innings in the 9-1 loss to the Yankees on Sept. 7, allowed one run in seven innings. He had six strikeouts versus three doubles, three singles, a walk and a hit-by-pitch on 106 pitches.
3. Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday night allowed three runs in five innings, giving up a solo homer, three doubles, two singles and two walks. He did have five strikeouts.
4. The bullpen had a bad series, low-lighted by what went down in Game 2.
- Monday night – Miguel Castro allowed a run in two innings. Brad Brach tossed a perfect eighth.
- Tuesday night – Mychal Givens tossed a perfect seventh with two strikeouts. But then the problems started. Brach went single-walk-single to begin the bottom of the eighth, but the Blue Jays did not score a run in that inning thanks in part to Zach Britton striking out Kendrys Morales on four pitches with runners on first and second to end the inning. But Britton then gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a leadoff walk and three singles. Britton hasn’t been anywhere close to the ace reliever this season that he was last season. He exited this game with a 1.56 WHIP, 4.24 BB/9 and 6.62 K/9 this season – all of those numbers are way off where he was in his all-world 2016. And while some dropoff was expected, this kind of dropoff was not. There was a thought that the O’s should have traded Britton at his peak value last offseason. I was against that because of the Orioles’ terrible starting pitching, but, knowing what we know now, that should have happened.
- Wednesday night – Darren O’Day and Britton each tossed a scoreless inning.