May 7, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles designated hitterJimmy Paredes
(38) rounds the bases on his home run to right during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s be honest, Baltimore Oriole fans. At this point, after the last three years, we are spoiled by the performance of the team. And it isn’t like they haven’t had a bad stretch of play before.
Yet, when every game is so close, the losses sting a little more.
But, what is more concerning is the fact that each game is so close. In the first game against the Mets, the O’s lost by one. Wednesday night, the team lost 5-1, but some bad baserunning by now disabled-listed Everth Cabrera hurt the team’s chance of coming back.
Thursday, Chris Tillman didn’t have his best stuff. Which has been the case every other game this season. However, Tillman is usually a slow starter, so I am not worried about him.
Chris Davis‘ golden sombrero is certainly concerning. But, at this point, he is a power hitter who strikes out a lot.
But it is the baserunning mistakes that at this point are a problem. The defense is looking much better. The pitching, despite a few blips recently, looks much better. The bullpen is pitching well. The hitting approach so far seems to be better than last year.
But baserunning mistakes have been problematic. Wednesday night, it was Cabrera. Thursday night, it was Jimmy Paredes.
And then Paredes got picked off. Buck Showalter‘s anger was evident. As was Adam Jones’, who was not happy after grounding out to end the inning.
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The Baltimore Orioles are a good team. A lot of the things that were concerns early in the season have started to look better. However, the issues now continue to be fundamental issues.
The Orioles aren’t far back in the ultra-competitive AL East, but they don’t want to let it slip away. Right now, the team is both underachieving, but also uninspiring.