The Baltimore Orioles are closing in on their first AL East championship in 17 years and can move to the cusp of clinching that title by taking the series opener from the Toronto Blue Jays.
No team has hit more home runs this season than the Baltimore Orioles, and opponents are having a particularly tough time lately keeping them inside the park.
Alex Cobb and two relievers combined on a six-hitter for Tampa Bay’s AL-best 19th shutout this season, and the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 Friday night.
Among the league leaders in wins, Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen (14-4, 3.83 ERA) has also received a major league-best 5.92 runs of support per game.
Prior to Dan Duquette, the Orioles had 14 straight losing seasons. Since he was hired, 3 straight winning seasons, and barring an epic collapse, two playoff years.
This Orioles bullpen is really something special and the defense has been nothing short of spectacular.
Apparently, all it took for the Baltimore Orioles to get back in the win column and rediscover their offense was a return home.
The Orioles 5 man rotation of Tillman, Norris, Chen, Gausman and Gonzalez might only have one All-Star appearance among them right now, that would be Tillman last year, but they’re pitching like stars.
Although they are among the best teams in the majors and own a very healthy lead in the AL East, the Baltimore Orioles haven’t had much luck completing sweeps.
Orioles reliever Brian Matusz intended to throw his pitch off the plate, down in the dirt, anywhere so Mike Aviles couldn’t hit it. When it flew over the left-field wall and landed on the pedestrian walkway, Matusz knew he had made a big mistake.
The Baltimore Orioles are pulling away in the AL East, but extending their winning ways Friday night could be a tall order against Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber, the hottest starting pitcher in baseball.
The Baltimore Orioles have baseball’s most homers while the New York Yankees have surrendered the most in the AL.