The Baltimore Orioles concluded their winless series against the Boston Red Sox with the planned Patriots Day game postponed due to inclement weather.
The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox 11:00 a.m. ET scheduled Patriots Day matchup has been postponed due to inclement weather.
Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports the teams will reschedule for May 17 before beginning their originally planned three-game series at Fenway on May 18-20.
Postponements in MLB usually come on game day, but with a 100 percent chance of rain and wind on Monday with highs just in the 40s. As a result, the league decided to go ahead and announce the series finale postponement almost immediately after the Orioles’ 3-1 loss Sunday afternoon.
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Due to the significance of Patriots Day, along with the Boston Marathon, the Red Sox historically have tried to tough any type of weather conditions to get the game in. Patriots Day 2018 marks the first rainout since 1984.
However, with the offensive rut ensuing in the Orioles lineup, it may be for the best to reschedule for a later date.
First and foremost, the Orioles were outscored in their shortened three-game series at Fenway Park, 20-7. In both the series opener and finale, the Orioles were able to jump out to early leads. But once the Orioles have a lead, the offense quickly fades away.
When the Orioles have a lead, the offense has a dismal slash line of .172/.239/.202, along with just 17 hits in 2018. Most surprising, the Orioles have yet to hit a home run when leading in 2018. Even more, they’ve recorded just six RBIs when ahead this season, which is an AL-worst.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is hitless (0-for-12) when the O’s are ahead. Others struggling at the plate when holding a lead include:
The Orioles are also the kings at leaving runners in scoring position with an MLB-worst 32.6 percent strikeout rate, along with a 0.3 walk to strikeout ratio.
Machado remains the only Orioles hitter to own a batting average above .300. However, Mancini is red-hot hitting in the leadoff spot for the Orioles and has a .349 batting average in the last 10 games.
Now, with the Boston series behind them, the Orioles will try to close out their second seven-game road trip of the season with a series win in Detriot.
Cashner, who owns an impressive 2.50 ERA, is scheduled to start on Tuesday in the Orioles series opener against the Tigers. Gausman will follow Cashner for Wednesday’s game before Alex Cobb likely makes his second start in an Orioles uniform.