To say the Orioles have struggled against the Detroit Tigers this year would be an understatement.Continue reading “Despite struggles against Tigers, O’s postseason hopes alive”
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This is starting to become routine. The Orioles have won another month, and the month of August couldn’t have been more special.
Between playing in the Little League Classic to starting the month 5-0, the Orioles are playing exceptional baseball. So, let’s break down how big the month of August actually was for the Birds.
First, let’s talk about four key players, two pitchers and two position players that had a massive impact on the O’s winning month. Those guys are Cedric Mullins and Jorge Mateo, along with pitchers Kyle Bradish and Félix “The Mountain” Bautista.
Mullins had a month like no other.
Slashing a clean .296/.358/.469 with a .827 OPS, along with 29 hits (team-high), six doubles, one triple and three home runs, Ceddy continues a season where he is dominating the outfield and even started September off with a bang.
Mullins even had an 11-game hitting streak during the month, along with seven stolen bases, solidifying the O’s leadoff spot.
Mateo is another guy that has had a very solid month.
The speedster slashed .277/.327/.489 with a .816 OPS and had 26 hits, six doubles, one triple and four home runs (tied team-high).
Add that with 17 RBIs (tied team-high) and four stolen bases, Mateo is having a complete breakout year and could possibly be knocking on the door for a 20-20 season.
Bradish finally had the breakout we all have been waiting for in the month of August.
After a sketchy start and an unfortunate injury, Bradish had a insane month, starting five games and going 28.2 innings pitched.
The young right-hander went 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA and tallied 26 strikeouts and an opponent’s batting average of .236. Bradish has begun to turn his season around and become the person that we traded Dylan Bundy for in 2020.
Now we move to Mountain Time.
Bautista had one of the best months of August when it comes to relief pitchers. Going 7/7 in saves and pitching in 13 games, he had a 1-0 record with a 1.23 ERA and 20 strikeouts.
“The Mountain” continues to grow in the American League Rookie of the Year conversation and has a great shot the more takes the mound in the ninth.
Now, let’s talk about the Orioles as a whole.
The O’s had a 17-10 record in the month of August and an 8-2 series record. Offensively, the Birds slashed .244/.313/.404 with a .717 OPS. Over their 219 hits, they had 47 doubles, three triples and 30 home runs, with 114 RBIs and 118 runs scored.
On the pitching side, the Orioles had a 3.43 ERA, pitched three shutouts, had nine saves, 199 strikeouts, a 1.21 WHIP and an opponent’s batting average of .250.
Finally, the month of August was filled with debuts and special moments. Three players debuted in the month of August for Baltimore.
On August 2, we saw outfielder and former trade piece from the Manny Machado trade, Yusniel Díaz. On August 13, we saw top left-handed pitching prospect, D.L. Hall. And lastly, on August 31, we saw top prospect, infielder Gunnar Henderson.
Also included, we saw many firsts. On August 25, outfielder Kyle Stowers hit his first major league home run to tie the game in the ninth off Liam Hendriks.
On August 31, in his second career MLB at-bat, Gunnar Henderson hit a no-doubt shot for his first big league hit and home run.
On August 13, we saw D.L. Hall have his first big league pitch and strikeout.
And finally, on August 1, we saw Terrin Vavra have his first career major league hit.
The Month of August was nothing but magical and a positive step in the right direction for this young club. As the season decreases in games, our love for this team increases with passion.
Let’s ride into September and show MLB that the Orioles are a true contending postseason team.
Who stood out to you the most in the month of August? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!
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The Baltimore Orioles are one of the hottest teams in baseball.
The month of July was insane to watch as an Orioles fan, with many historic moments and a lot of excitement and potential.
Between the many walk-offs, from Mancini to Mullins, to the 10-game winning streak that we all love. We can once again say the Orioles have another winning month.
Let’s break down the three key players and one key team factor that led the O’s to their best month since 2016:
Ramón Urías had a month like no other. He was an impact out the gate and had a month like we haven’t seen for some time in Baltimore.
In 21 games, he slashed .343/.387/.600 with a team-high .987 OPS. He also had a team-high five home runs and 18 RBIs.
Urías also had a multi-home-run game against the Tampa Bay Rays during the month. He has looked insane, and we hope he continues to be an underrated star on this team.
Once again, our beloved catcher had a solid month.
Adley has been what we needed him to be thus far since his May 21st debut. In the month of July, he slashed .290/.425/.478 with a .903 OPS.
He also had a team-high 15 walks. Include that with his amazing defensive skills behind the plate and heads up base running, our star in the making gets better by the month.
Any Oriole fan knows that the starting rotation is probably the weak point. And honestly, that is not saying too much.
But one guy who had a good month and turned his season around was Spenser Watkins. Starting four games, Watkins had a 2-0 record with a 2.35 ERA in 23 innings.
Striking out 17 batters and only walking four, Watkins had a .241 opponents batting average. Here’s to hoping this is the turn around the 29-year-old.
The best way to win games in MLB is to score runs. Now, everyone already knows that, but when it comes to the 2022 Orioles in July, they knew it pretty well.
Only getting shutout one time the entire month, the Orioles had an amazing run differential of 111-92, or a +19. While including three walk-off winners and multiple late-inning comebacks, the Orioles showed absolutely no signs of quitting this month.
All in all, the Orioles had an impressive month of July and finished the month with a 16-9 record and a season record of 51-51. The O’s are staying hot, as they are currently just three games out of the last AL Wild Card spot.
Who stood out to you for the O’s in the month of July? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!
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The Bowie Baysox have been on a tear in the second half of the Eastern League season, and they continued their amazing streak with a 5-1 record over the Altoona Curve this week.
Led by hot bats and lights-out pitching, the Baysox are currently holding a one-game lead over the Erie Seawolves in the second half.
When talking about this series, however, the first name that comes to mind is outfielder and O’s No. 3 prospect, Colton Cowser.
During this series, Cowser slashed .524/.557/.952 with an OPS of 1.529. He also carried the team with 11 total hits through the series, including two home runs and nine RBIs.
Cowser finished out an incredible July and first month with the Bowie Baysox where he slashed .324/.446/.649 with an OPS of 1.095.
Speaking of hot bats, let’s talk about one of the more underrated prospects in Joey Ortiz. The O’s No. 13 prospect decided to break out this month and ended July with an amazing series.
Slashing an impressive .519/.536/1.000 with an OPS of 1.536 during the series, Ortiz tallied a team-high 14 hits and 11 RBIs. He also hit three monster home runs, and best of all, had only three strikeouts in 27 at-bats.
Ortiz finished out July slashing .404/.438/.674 with an OPS of 1.112 and recorded an impressive 36 hits and, once again, only 11 strikeouts in 89 at-bats. Obviously, he should be Player of the Month, right?
We talked about two of the great hitters, but now it’s time to talk about the offensive production overall in this series.
First, let’s talk about the run differential. The Baysox scored 56 combined runs in this series, averaging 9.3 runs a game.
The Curve scored a combine 25 runs and averaged a combine 4.16 runs per game, meaning that not only did the Baysox double Altoona’s total runs scored, they had a run differential of 31 runs, averaging just over five more runs than the Curve.
We also have to mention that the Baysox had a hit total of 68, averaging just over 11 hits a game. Altoona’s hit total was 41, and they averaged just under seven hits per game.
All in all, the Baysox had a incredible series against the Curve. As stated earlier, they do have a one-game lead over the Erie Seawolves, as Bowie moves to a 18-8 record in the second half.
The Baysox will begin a series against the Harrisburg Senators on the road starting Tuesday.
Who stood out to you in Bowie this week? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!
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The Baysox coughed up a 6-0, second-inning lead and never scored again, losing a 7-6 game to the Richmond Flying Squirrels yesterday, a blemish on a weekend featuring victories Friday and Saturday.Continue reading “Baysox bring broom, fritter away chance for weekend sweep”
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Orioles Magic is alive and well, as the Baltimore Orioles are winners of their last eight games, with a chance to extend their streak in Chicago against the Cubs.
The Cubs and Orioles have met once this season, only playing one game so far. Game two of the first series in Baltimore was postponed due to inclement weather.
In that one matchup, the O’s matched their season-high in home runs with five and ended that rainy evening with a 9-3 victory.
This time around, the Orioles have a bit more to play for with their eight-game win streak on the line. Luckily for the Birds, they will get two hot arms on the mound in Jordan Lyles and Spenser Watkins.
Between Lyles and Watkins’ previous two starts each in July combined, they have allowed a low total of four runs over 25 innings. That duo has also collected two wins in their four combined starts.
The offense has been scorching hot during this winning streak. They have scored five or more runs in four of those games, with three of them seeing seven or more cross the plate. There was also one game the O’s put up 10.
A huge factor going into this series, which leads us into The Baltimore Battery’s ❌-FACTOR, is the bullpen after getting a day off.
During the eight-game winning streak that saw a game played in eight straight days, the bullpen has been used a lot. Jorge López pitched in six out of nine days, while Keegan Akin saw a lot of use, as did Dillon Tate.
Luckily, a day off after Austin Voth was able to deliver five innings is crucial. Eventually, this offense will cool down, and it will be necessary for the bullpen to be at full strength when that happens.
If the bullpen is lights out like usual, even a weaker offensive attack from the Orioles can still bring success.
Game 1 Starting Lineup:
This series begins tonight at 8:05 p.m. EST. You can catch each game on MASN or on your local Orioles Radio Network station.
How do you see this brief two-game series playing out? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter! And make sure to use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content to show your Birdland swag!
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So far in 2022, the Orioles bullpen has been the land of misfit toys.
O’s GM Mike Elias has strung together a stellar bullpen that is full of former Rule 5 picks, longtime minor leaguers and a plethora of waiver claims.
On Tuesday, Elias added yet another waiver claim to the bullpen, this one being 32-year-old right-handed reliever, Louis Head.
Head has had a very long road to the majors, one that began in 2012 when he was drafted by the then-Cleveland Indians. Head hovered around Cleveland’s minor league system until 2018. In 2019, Head was a member of the Dodgers system before he landed with Tampa Bay in 2021.
Head’s long-awaited major league debut finally came in 2021 with the Rays. And believe it or not, it was a stellar debut.
In his first season in the bigs, Head pitched 35 innings to a tune of a 2.31 ERA and 32 strikeouts. He was very dominant in that season, as he finished with a WHIP of 0.857 and a 174 ERA+.
He also had a FIP (fielding independent pitching) of 3.11, which measures a pitcher’s efficiency in outcomes he has the most control over. The lower this number, the better. A 3.11 is pretty good and proves he was creating the success himself, not just with the help of a good Tampa Bay defense.
The year 2022 has seen a different side of Head, one that currently holds a 7.23 ERA in 23.2 innings pitched. His numbers are up in literally every category, and it is apparent as to why he was designated for assignment.
However, there is promise in the arm of this right-hander, promise in which a pitching coach like Chris Holt very well may be able to tap into, much like we have seen with Félix Bautista, Austin Voth and Jorge López.
Head is currently on the 15-day IL, and it is assumed he will join the team when that stint ends. He was slated to start his rehab assignment with Miami’s Triple-A affiliate July 12 before being designated for assignment.
Welcome to Birdland, Louis!
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The Baltimore Orioles truly had a few players who, in a perfect world, could be All-Stars.
Ryan Mountcastle, who had 11 doubles and seven home runs in June alone, Austin Hays with his cycle and seven outfield assists, or even Félix Bautista sporting that 1.77 ERA and 44 strikeouts over 35.2 innings pitched.
Among these breakout first halves is one that trumps all the rest. What Jorge López has done this season is beyond remarkable.
The once failed starter, who came to Baltimore via waivers, also struggled as a starter with the Orioles. Towards the end of the 2021 season, López began throwing out of the bullpen, and has it ever been beneficial.
Entering 2022, López was ready to showcase what he could do as a back end reliever, who could sling a high 90s sinker, along with a devastating slider. And now, he only ever had to see a lineup one time.
To start the season, López only allowed two runs in his first 10 appearances in April. Along that span, he struck out 14 batters over 11.1 innings and also notched four saves that month.
May was much of the same, as López allowed just four runs, while collecting two more saves. However, the best was yet to come.
López in June was a completely different animal. In that month, he allowed only one run off four total hits in 13.2 innings. He struck out 17 batters while only walking one for an entire month. Still up to this point, he hadn’t allowed a home run yet.
July saw the first struggles for the 29-year-old, as he blew two saves in row to start the month and followed those appearances with another home run in his third July game. However, in elite closer fashion, López has bounced back for three saves in three appearances during the Orioles’ eight-game win streak.
At the time he was voted into the All-Star game, López held an ERA of 1.74 with a WHIP under one at 0.97. He is tied for 11th in saves at 16 and has struck out a total of 47 batters to 15 walks in 41.1 innings.
Without a doubt, López deserved an All-Star nod. Not only has he been among the league’s best closers, he has had a hell of a journey to the point he is at now, while being one of the most likable players in baseball.
Congrats, Jorge! You deserve it!
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