Baltimore Orioles Scoring Too Few Runs and Allowing Far Too Many

How does a team like the Baltimore Orioles lose 70 percent of their games?

In the case of the Baltimore Orioles, those losses accrue by scoring an average of 3.91 runs per game while allowing 5.32 runs per game.

With an average per game run differential equal to 1.41, losing games is a pretty routine matter for the Baltimore Orioles. Giving the other team a nearly one-and-a-half run head start makes winning especially difficult.

For comparison purposes, the major league average for runs scored per game is 4.45, which is about half a run per game more than the Orioles. The major league average for runs allowed is also 4.45, which is nearly a run lower than the Orioles.

Too few runs scored and too many allowed has pretty much been the story of this terribly disappointing 2018 season. A terminally destructive combination of inconsistent or ineffective pitching (starters and bullpen) combined with relatively tepid hitting has led to the dismal 34-78 record.

To gain some insight about what such disadvantageous run differentials actually mean in terms of wins and losses, the following two tables were created. Together they present won-loss records based on the actual number of runs scored and allowed per game by the Orioles during the first 112 games of the season.