The Orioles had a late night, losing a night game to Texas before ending a 10 game trip with an even later flight home, so they may be a little tired tonight. There will be some player moves probably where the Orioles seek to replenish the bullpen, which went seven good innings last night, but was generally overworked in Texas.
This is the start of a big stretch for the Orioles, where 20 of their next 26 are at home. Once the A's leave Sunday, it will end a stretch of 37 games of 40 out of the division. Boston and Toronto will be in for seven following the A's, If the Orioles had played better at home this year, I'd feel better, but they have been sub-500 there so far.
And while the Orioles have been on a 10-14 stretch, during that same time, Toronto has gone 19-4 - that's a 9 1/2 game turn around.
The Orioles are a sabermetricians nightmare. They hit well (second in MLB), they have power (Nelson Cruz with 21 homers leads baseball), but they are dead last in MLB in walks. This makes them 12 in MLB in OBP and runs. With liberated strike zones like Manny Machado, Adam Jones, JJ Hardy and rookie 2B Jonathon Schoop (pronounced Scope), they don't work the count. Chris Davis, he of the 53 home run season last year, has hit 8 and looked lost at times. Shortstop JJ Hardy hit 20+ homers last year; despite a decent Batting average, he has none in 2014. Catcher Matt Wieters was off to his best start before hurting his arm. Tommy John may be in his future.
Their have been a number of games where the Orioles have given up early runs only to come back. They spotted Texas a 5-0 lead and came back to tie them up, so don't say the game is over if the O's trail or lead early.
Work beckons, The most inconsistent part of the Orioles has been their pitching, especially the starters, I'll be back to discuss that later, hopefully before first pitch.
As always, I hope for close, well played games, and ask if there is anything I should know about the A's?