There are a lot of numbers to throw out at you about how absolutely horrid the Orioles’ pitching staff has been in the past two-plus weeks.
But one particular number puts the stench in proper perspective.
After losing 12-0 to the Cleveland Indians on Monday, the Orioles have allowed their opponents to score five runs or more in 16 straight games. According to baseball-reference.com, which has a database that goes back to 1913, that’s never been done in the American League – or at least not in the past 104 years.
The major-league record is 20 straight games of allowing five runs or more – set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies from Sept. 3 to Sept. 24, according to baseball-reference.com.
These Orioles now have second place all to themselves in this dubious chase. They previously were tied at 15 with the 2001 Colorado Rockies, the 1937 St. Louis Browns and the 1929 Philadelphia Phillies.
But they surged ahead Monday night in a game in which they allowed seven doubles, a triple and two homers.
Although it’s not exactly record-worthy, the Orioles also have allowed 10 runs or more in five of their last 10 games.
In those five games, the Orioles have been outscored 63-15. In the 16 games in which they’ve given up five or more runs, the Orioles have been outscored 123-64.
The rotation has been terrible. And so has the bullpen. Equal-opportunity implosion.
Consider that the Indians scored 12 runs on Monday, and actually stranded 13 runners.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this stretch?
The Orioles are 5-11 and not 0-16.
Small victories, I suppose.
Different uniform, same Edwin
One of the Orioles’ private celebrations this winter was when slugger Edwin Encarnacion left his long-time team, the Toronto Blue Jays, for the Cleveland Indians and the American League Central. That meant the Orioles would have to face him only seven times a year and not 19.
Remember, the last time Encarnacion hit against the Orioles, he was taking his imaginary parrot for a ride around the bases to end the Orioles-Blue Jays’ American League Wild Card game.
Well, Encarnacion may no longer be a Blue Jay, but he is still an Orioles’ nemesis. Just in a smaller sample size going forward.
Encarnacion entered Monday with 34 doubles and 34 homers — most versus any team – against the Orioles in 127 career games. His 83 RBIs versus one team were his second most (Boston, 85) and his 128 hits were tied for his most (also 128 hits versus the Yankees).
He made a little personal history Monday at Camden Yards. His fourth inning, run-scoring double game him more hits versus the Orioles (129) than any other team. And it was his 1,500th career hit. At least it’s nice to know they didn’t all come versus the Orioles.