Observations from and analysis of the Orioles losing all three games at the Angels
Game 1: 3-2 loss on Tuesday night (May 1)
Game 2: 10-7 loss on Wednesday night (May 2)
Game 3: 12-3 loss on Thursday night (May 3)
1. New series, same story. The Orioles’ 2018 nightmare continues, as they’re now 8-23 and have the worst run differential in the majors (-67). This team’s decision not to sell prior to last season’s non-waiver trade deadline may be the single worst decision any major-league team has made over the last few years. Do you know what the Orioles’ record now is since last Sept. 7? 12-42. The team has become an embarrassment, and the worst part remains that there seemingly is no direction given the front-office uncertainty, major looming free agents and underwhelming farm system.
2. What’s going on with Dylan Bundy? He in the 10-7 loss at the Angels on Wednesday night was bad for a second consecutive start, allowing seven runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Bundy gave up three homers, two doubles, two singles and a walk. He now has allowed five homers over his last two starts off having allowed just one homer over his first five starts. He now has allowed 12 earned runs over his last two starts off having allowed just five earned runs over his first five starts.
3. Chris Tillman, off his gem in the 6-0 win over Detroit on April 27 (seven scoreless innings), was back to being horrendous in Thursday night’s 12-3 loss at the Angels, as he was charged with seven runs and recorded just three outs. He allowed a triple, three doubles, three singles and a walk. He now has a 9.24 ERA over six starts this season.
4. The Orioles’ bullpen had a horrendous series, allowing nine runs in 13 innings.
Brad Brach in the 3-2 loss at the Angels on Tuesday night allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth on three singles and a walk without recording an out.
Mike Wright Jr. and Pedro Araujo in the 10-7 loss at the Angels on Wednesday night combined to allow three runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Miguel Castro and Mychal Givens combined to allow five runs in 4 2/3 innings in the 12-3 loss at the Angels on Thursday night.
5. Mark Trumbo finally made his season debut in this series off having not yet played due to a right-quad strain. He had three singles over the final two games for an offense that remains impotent save for Manny Machado and Trey Mancini.
6. If there was a bright spot in this series, that bright spot was Alex Cobb in the 3-2 loss at the Angels on Tuesday night being good for the first time in four starts as an Oriole. He allowed two runs in six innings.