Orioles: a Road Split is Within Reach
Hard as it may be to believe in light of the last three games, the Orioles still have a chance to go .500 on this road trip. All it takes is two in a row at Oakland, which is not an unrealistic goal. Things look a little bleak right now but the bats can’t possibly stay cold forever, and Jason Berken and Rich Hill should both give us a chance to win.
Getting those wins, however, will require the reversal of some troubling stats. Team ERA away from Camden Yards is 6.26 — worst road mark in the AL. Team WHIP on the road is 1.60, good again for worst in the AL.
Perhaps most shockingly, road batting average is an astoundingly low .230. Which is, you guessed it, worst in the AL.
I’ve never quite understood why some teams drop off so dramatically when they exit friendly confines. Whatever it might be in this case, it’s killing this team.
First pitch tonight is at 9:05, while things get started tomorrow at 4:05.
Sunday’s a big day on a different kind of dirt, as well, as Roger Federer makes a bid for his first ever title on the French clay of Roland Garros. I reserve the right to comment liberally on that match even if I’m the only one here who cares.