Orioles' offense is hitting its stride, moves up to 6th in average with a .243 mark - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles’ offense is hitting its stride, moves up to 6th in average with a .243 mark

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BALTIMORE—After a 14-game losing streak and 21 losses in 23 games, the Orioles’ bats have come alive. In their last two games against Cleveland and the New York Mets, the team has scored 28 runs, the fourth most in a two-game span in club history. The last time the Orioles scored in double figures in three straight games was July 27-29, 2018; they scored 18 against the Indians on Sunday, and 10 against the Mets on Tuesday.

During the 14-game losing streak, the Orioles scored 23 runs in their last nine games.

Entering Wednesday night’s game, the Orioles are hitting .243, sixth in the American League.

“I think our at-bats are so much more competitive,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “I think our guys, up and down the order, are doing a nice job from the pitch-selection standpoint. We’re not chasing as much out of the zone. We’re situational hitting fairly well right now, driving guys in from third. Our at-bats have really improved these past five or six days, and it’s not just a couple of guys. It’s all the way down the order. We have multiple guys taking really good at-bats.”

Centerfielder Cedric Mullins has raised his average from .295 to .325. First baseman/designated hitter Ryan Mountcastle has moved up from .226 to 252 since the streak started. Rightfielder Anthony Santander’s average has gone up from .260 to .276. On Tuesday night, nine of the Orioles’ 16 hits went for extra bases.

“The last [seven] days, we’ve had numerous guys take good at-bats,” Hyde said.

Some of the reasons for the uptick include “a lot of clubhouse conversation, a lot of coaching happening. I think a lot of guys talking to each other in the cage. You see guys talking through things in the dugout. I’m just really with the adjustments guys are making.

“There are ebbs and flows of the seasons. We’re not going to score 10 runs a game for the next hundred. We’re going to have struggles offensively. We’re going to have tough weeks offensively. Those types of things happen, but I’m encouraged by these guys sticking together, having some success, and seeing that the more quality at-bats you take up and down the order, how much easier it is on everyone else.”

Sceroler returns:  Right-hander Mac Sceroler spent five weeks on the 10-day injured list before he was activated on Tuesday. He didn’t pitch in the game. Sceroler pitched in two games before he landed on the injured list on April 12th.

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Sceroler was sidelined by a strained right shoulder. It started bothering him in spring training.

“I didn’t say anything,” he said. “I thought it was general soreness that would work its way out. As I kept throwing each day and time went on, it kept getting worse to the point where it was doing me no good.”

As a Rule 5 player, Sceroler must accumulate 90 days on the active roster to erase that status. He’ll have to be active for nearly the entire season to achieve that.

The Orioles’ other Rule 5 pitcher, Tyler Wells, has nearly reached the 90-day status, and Sceroler is impressed by what he’s seen.

“From the time I left in April until now, he’s a totally different pitcher,” Sceroler said. “He has a lot more confidence out there.”

Weekend pitching undecided: Hyde has listed Keegan Akin (0-0, 3.60 ERA) as the Orioles’ starter on Friday night at Tampa Bay. He doesn’t have starters for Saturday and Sunday. The Rays haven’t announced any starters.

After Thursday’s offday, the Orioles play 20 straight games and don’t have another day off until July 1st.

With John Means on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left shoulder, they’ll need another starter. Dean Kremer pitched Tuesday night at Triple-A Norfolk, and he could be recalled as the fifth starter.

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. CalsPals

    June 9, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Harvey looking more like the Joker than Batman, need to say Adios….go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      June 9, 2021 at 8:07 pm

      Why so serious?

    • CalsPals

      June 9, 2021 at 8:20 pm

      Like to see the youngens pitch instead of him…go O’s…

    • 33d St

      June 10, 2021 at 6:44 am

      Our youngins ain’t even that young. Lowther is 25, Akin is 26. Palmer and Flanagan were All stars and Cy Young winners by those ages, established guys. We’re still taking grown men (albeit millennials so maybe not) and cautiously dipping their toes in the water. At some point pitchers just have to sink or swim – have what I call the Glavine Year – the year the Braves said screw it and put college age Glavine and Smoltz in the rotation and said “get people out or die trying.” And everybody went like 4-17 and it was awful but they built their experience, learned the league and were established veterans by 25 in time to match their physical peaks. We have guys in their physical prime- 26,27,28- and we handle them like they’re raw prospects right out of high school, let em pitch 15 innings a year then go back down and watch videos of themselves on an iPad for hours instead of competing against big league hitters.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        June 10, 2021 at 8:40 am

        Egads man! What about the process and development?

    • Orioleschatter

      June 10, 2021 at 9:03 am

      Good one CP……but look at the bright side, the O’s are sixth in the league in team batting average. Sorry, Rich……I guess you need to write something positive here and there.

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 10, 2021 at 9:39 am

      No, I don’t need to write something positive, but going into last night, they had won five of six. After last night, they slipped to seventh.

  2. CalsPals

    June 9, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    The thing that bothers me the most is he seems to be on fire, then forgets how to pitch, can’t tell you how many 0-2 counts he had & couldn’t finish them off, Palmer couldn’t figure him out as well, he seems to have good stuff, but can’t pitch, wish I could describe it better, Palmer said his bad starts we’re all when Holt was gone, then this, Holt went out to talk to him & the next guy goes yard…ughhh…go O’s…

    • Unoptionable-Option

      June 9, 2021 at 9:04 pm

      Before tonight, 40 0-2 counts by Harvey, 3 ended in BB and 12 in hits. 0.324 BA against after 0-2 count. OPS is even worse, but I know that’s a scary stat so won’t provide it out of thoughtfulness…

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        June 9, 2021 at 10:28 pm

        It’s only scary when you actually use it to justify one Ramon Urias! No…actually that’s ridiculously funny now that I think about it. Buh Bye Ramon … awesome OPS and all.

  3. Birdman

    June 9, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    43 hits allowed in his last 23 innings … yes, it looks like the Matt Harvey experiment is coming to an end.

    • Unoptionable-Option

      June 9, 2021 at 9:06 pm

      His ERA was 3.60 on 5/7 and he had an okay outing last time 3 IP, 1 ER. Maybe go back to the drawing board and watch April and early May tapes to see what is different between now and then and make some adjustments…

  4. Boog Robinson Robinson

    June 9, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    I’m not sure what the pitch count was, but why does Hyde even bother to go bet Bluto with the score already 7-1? Why not send Harvey back out to take one for the team if you’re always short on fresh arms?

    • CalsPals

      June 9, 2021 at 8:54 pm

      Agree, he only lasted three innings, off day tomorrow but I’m guessing he could’ve thrown 1-2 more innings, mute point now…go O’s…

    • Unoptionable-Option

      June 9, 2021 at 9:08 pm

      Haven’t heard the bullpen is overworked line from Hyde in a while now…

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        June 9, 2021 at 11:22 pm

        Are you suggesting he not be proactive in that regard?

        Doesn’t Means’ arm qualify as ‘tired’?

        And lastly, how can you question this when you’re the champion of “load management”?

  5. Bumble bee

    June 10, 2021 at 6:01 am

    Harvey’s arm is being saved for that contender that management thinks is going to give us a group of young studs.

  6. Bumble bee

    June 10, 2021 at 6:01 am

    Not

  7. 33d St

    June 10, 2021 at 6:29 am

    Tyler Wells has quietly been a nice find. Even if it’s just as steady innings filler,that’s more than a few guys have managed. He’s pulling his weight out there, good to see!

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