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Orioles: a Road Split is Within Reach

orioles-pitcher-jason-berkenHard 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.

14 comments to Orioles: a Road Split is Within Reach

  • Andrew

    I really don’t understand home/road splits, especially when the home is a hitter’s park. Hmm.

    If you want to barf, I have a good story for you. I saw Rex Ryan on the Yankee telecast earlier today rocking his Jets vest and a Yankees hat.

    I kept screaming “Why Rex Whyyyy?” between vomits for an hour or so until my voice gave way.

  • Tomás

    Anyone else watching Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals?

    The Detroit Red Wings are truly the only professional hockey team.

    Their uniforms. Their speed. Their puck-handling.

    They’re archangels on ice, but with beards and Nordic accents.

  • Tomás

    Oh…and there’s like some kind of other stick and ball game going on too, but with more grass and less majesty.

  • neal s

    @Tomás – I’m watching, but as a fan of the other side it’s hard to share your enthusiasm.

    Then there’s the Orioles.

  • Andrew

    @neal s – Oh Neal. You and your Pittsburgh.

  • dan the man

    Why does God hate the Orioles?

  • Tomás

    @dan the man – Just as I’m about to reply with “I have no idea what’s going on with them Os.” Nolan golfs one out.

    Thank God, but SIX more runs to go. UGH.

    I’m beginning to think that Matt Wieters’ call-up was so epic that it ripped a hole in the time-space continuum and we’re now in an alternate parallel universe where all our players slump at the same time and/or suffer every OTHER injury that isn’t a strained oblique.

    That and Luke Scott is somehow Thor in this world.

  • Tomás

    Luke Scott is now 3 for 3.

    My lineup for tomorrow:
    Scott
    Scott
    Scott
    Scott
    Scott
    Scott
    Scott
    Scott
    Scott

  • Andrew

    It is, unfortunately a case of bad luck (Roberts, Huff, and Markakis all slumping at the same time), mixed with an over-reliance on rookies who are still adjusting to the majors (Wieters, Berken, Hernandez) and a string of tough pitchers (Verlander, Jackson, Bedard) along with probably some jet lag.

    This too shall pass.

  • Is it just me, or is this a completely different team from last week? Who are these guys and what have they done with the Orioles?

  • neal s

    Between the losing and the fact that every game has been on late at night, it kind of feels like we haven’t even had the Orioles for the past few days. It’s been strange, and not particularly pleasant.

  • Greg

    Anyone notice that the Orioles have the worst record in the MLB? That is of course, not counting the Nats who haven’t figured out they are playing baseball yet.

  • neal s

    That road trip stings something fierce. It’s one thing to lose 5 in a row, quite another to do it after the crazy excitement of the week that came before.

    More to come tomorrow.

  • Kevin

    So much for calling them “Chokeland”