Apr 6, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles left fielderAlejandro De Aza
(12) hits a 2-run home run during the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Baltimore Orioles have been known for the last few years under Buck Showalter as a very aggressive offense. Buck, and Dan Duquette can preach good on-base percentage all they want. However, that usually isn’t the case.
Last year, the team walked 401 times, but struck out 1285 times. That is the third worst number of walks in the American League.
For whatever reason, the team has a new hitting coach in 2015. Scott Coolbaugh came from the Rangers saying that he wasn’t going to fix the approach of some of the teams’ best hitters. At this point, I would say that rings true.
Only one person on the team has more than three walks so far, Travis Snider. Snider stands to help the Orioles improve in being selective on his own. While the team has only walked 9 times, it has struck out 29 times. Which as of 8 p.m. Thursday night, was the most in AL.
In the first game of the 2015 season, the Orioles’ offense was able to score runs in five different innings, with four of those runs coming off of home runs.
In game two against Nathan Karns, the team scored all six runs in the first 2 innings, with two of the runs coming off a Steve Pearce home run.
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In game three, the team was shut out.
So in 27 innings, the team has scored 12 runs. Half of those came in two innings of one game. Half of those came via the home run. The team hasn’t scored in the last 16 innings.
Is it cause to panic? Of course not. It is very, very early. But, the offensive numbers, and the way the Orioles are putting up offense is a bit worrisome.
But maybe we should want it that way, it has been the winning formula for the last three years.
Is there any reason to change now?