MLB Mid-Season Review: Baltimore Orioles
Mid-way through the season the Baltimore Orioles suffer from playing in one of the hardest divisions in all of baseball the NL East. They currently sit at 58-48 on the season playing incredible at home going 34-20 and an impressive 29-24 record on the road. Currently the Tampa Bay Rays are on top of the division with the Boston Red Sox a half game behind them. The Baltimore Orioles have their work cut out for them to make up some ground against the two AL East power houses.
The Baltimore Orioles have benefited from some great pitching this season including ace Chris Tillman who is 13-3 on the season with a 3.62 ERA while striking out 104 batters. Miguel Gonzalez has also put up some good numbers with a 8-4 record , 3.69 ERA, and striking out 79.
There is more good pitching to take note of including Wei-Yin Chen who is 5-3 with a 2.78 ERA so far this season, and Darren O’Day who is 5-1 with a 2.20 ERA and allowed just 36 hits in 45 innings from the bullpen. Closer Jim Johnson has made 35 saves thus far but sports a high 3.47 ERA for a reliever and has blown 7 saves in a division where every game is crucial.
The Baltimore Orioles offense is led by league leading home run hitter Chris Davis who is batting .304 with 37 home runs and 97 RBI’s already this season. Baltimore’s lineup is packed with some big hitters including the likes of center fielder Adam Jones (22 home runs), short stop J.J. Hardy ( 18 ), and catcher Matt Wieters (14).
Baltimore will have to ride some good pitching, big hitting, and make some savy roster moves to compensate for injuries if they wish to fight from the middle of the AL East to the top. They are currently five games behind Tampa Bay and with how close it is in the division every game is a must win for the Baltimore Orioles.
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