Huge congrats to the Baltimore Orioles on tying an incredible MLB record last night.
Orioles pitching managed to go 20 straight games giving up 5 or more runs. This ties an MLB record of 93 years. They hit this mark last night with another gem from Ubaldo Jimenez.
Hard for a starter to raise his ERA by a full run in one June start, but Ubaldo Jimenez goes from 6.25 to 7.26 as Rays tag him for 9 runs.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) June 24, 2017
Giving up 5+ runs in every single game for 20 straight is hard to do. It’s so hard, the last time it was accomplished was by a Phillies team that ended the season with over 100 losses.
During the streak that began on June 3rd, Orioles are 6-14 with an ERA of 7.61, giving up 11.7 hits per game, and allowing an opponent BA of .320
What nobody is talking about is the effect this has to be having in the clubhouse. Every team is different, but every team I’ve ever played on has always had an unspoken rivalry between pitchers & position players. Those of you that have played all know what I’m talking about. It’s usually nothing too serious, but a streak like this can throw some fuel on that fire for sure.
You know how annoying it is when you’re out in the field watching your pitcher throw quarters in the merry go round? Imagine watching your entire staff get tittied for 20 STRAIGHT GAMES. I can almost guarantee there have been conversations behind closed doors about it. I imagine after another rough loss, that conversation would start like this:
Hitter: “How long do you nerds plan on serving up beach balls?”
Pitcher: “Well maybe if we were able to pitch with a lead every now & then.”
Hitter: “You’d have a lead every night if we got to hit off of you guys.”
The Baltimore offense is hitting .258 and throwing up 4.5 runs a game during this streak. Not great, not terrible. Orioles pitching staff takes the L here.