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What is Going On With Dylan Bundy?

August 21, 2018 - 3:32 pm

By Tim Barbalace

Expectations were high for Dylan Bundy entering 2018.  He is another year removed from Tommy John surgery and was expected to take the mound every fifth day after having his starts spaced out in the second half of 2017.  Instead of taking a step forward, Bundy has regressed.

Bundy started the season on a tear and gave Orioles fans hope of him developing into a top of the rotation starter.  In his first five outings, he pitched to a 1.42 ERA and had 40 strikeouts in 31, and two-thirds innings pitched.  Bundy experienced his first set back of the season following that handful of starts. 

In his next three starts, opponents hit .460 against him and he had a 19.00 ERA  in that span.  The last of that trio of starts was historically bad as Bundy became the first starter ever to allow four home runs without recording an out against the Royals.   He allowed five hits, two walks and seven runs during his time on the mound. 

Bundy responded admirably after that rough patch to deliver s strong eight-game stretch.  He registered a 2.60 ERA with opponents hitting just .192 off him in that stretch.  Unfortunately, he suffered a sprained ankle running the basepaths in Atlanta and landed on the 10-day disabled list. 

Since returning from the DL on July 6th, Bundy has gotten hammered.  In seven starts, opponents are batting .327 off him and he has an 8.33 ERA.  He has allowed five earned runs or more in five of those seven starts.

Home runs have also continued to plague Bundy.  He has allowed a long ball in seven straight starts and has given up an MLB leading 30 homers.  He is allowing 2.1 home runs per nine innings compared to 1.4 per nine innings in 2017.

Dylan Bundy certainly does not have the luxury of playing behind even an average defense, but the bottom line is he has to pitch better.  He said that his ankle injury is not the reason for his struggles.  Bundy has displayed stretches of dominance but has not been able to put it all together, which unfortunately Orioles fans are all too familiar.