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Orioles Swept by Blue Jays as Batting Woes Continue

June 11, 2018 - 9:22 am

By Joe Schiller

Sitting with a 19-45 record, it’s been tough for the Baltimore Orioles to find much success on the diamond. After a two-game sweep over the New York Mets last week, the Orioles took much-needed momentum into a four-game weekend stint against the Toronto Blue Jays.

But in what’s been a constant theme throughout the season, the batting woes continued. The starting lineup combined for 11 total runs as the Blue Jays capped off a series sweep at home.

The starting pitching has been good enough to win at times and ranks fourth in the American League with 31 quality starts on the season. But the lack of run support has been the ultimate downfall. In that same regard, the rotation has received the fewest amount of run support in the American League.

The narrative has been the complete opposite that many were expecting through 64 games.

The Orioles have regularly relied on the long ball for run support but that’s been absent compared to recent years. They’ve finished top five in the majors in that category for the last seven seasons but rank just 16th this season and the same power isn’t being produced from the batting order.

Manny Machado leads the team in virtually every major batting category and is expected to be a prized possession heading into the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. Jonathan Schoop, Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo have combined for 19 home runs while Chris Davis continues a career-worst season with unsurmountable struggles at the plate.

On paper, the Orioles are too talented to currently have the worst record in the majors but inconsistencies at the plate have kept the run totals hovering around the bottom.

Now 24.5 games back from first place in the AL East, the Boston Red Sox come into town for a three-game series starting tonight and the Orioles will look to get back in the win column by way of their bats.