Reporting Bob Haynie
Heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers, the Baltimore Orioles had been in a slump when it came to run production.
In the nine games prior to Wednesday’s, the Orioles were hitting an ice-cold .138 with runners in scoring position. That’s 8-for-58. By the way, Baltimore lost six of the those nine contests.
Even though the Birds did defeat the Rangers 6-1 on Wednesday, they were still only 2-for-9 with RISP.
Should we be concerned? Maybe just a bit. With the pitching being what it is–average–the last thing you would want is for the bats to go silent
But keep in mind, for the season, the Orioles are batting .278 as a team with RISP. That’s tied for fourth (with Boston) in all of Major League Baseball.
The Orioles also display late-game power as their 37 home runs in the seventh inning or later leads the majors.
They lead in HR’s (123), are fourth in runs (441) and are third in OPS (.762).
Yes, the Birds have been swooning on offense, a bit.
Chris Davis, for instance, is in the midst of a 1-for-24 slump that includes 13 K’s.
This will not last people.
While the concerns over the starting pitching are valid (welcome back Wei-Yin Chen), I would not fret about the sticks.
They’ll be fine.