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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Orioles’ first winning month in five years, by the numbers

The calendar has flipped from month to month, and for the first time in a long time, the Orioles might not have wanted it.

June marked the first full calendar month in which Baltimore beat the Orioles 14-12. posted a winning record with Undoubtedly representing the best stretch of baseball played during this rebuild. It’s not overly impressive, but considering the quality of baseball that’s been on display in Baltimore since 2018, it’s recognizable.

They’ll want to build on this in July, but before they do, here’s a look at the numbers that set them apart from their impressive June.


Since going 17-12 in August 2017, the Orioles have played a full 24 months, two years’ worth. Forget the winning record: They failed to win even two-point games in 15 of them. They haven’t had a month with 10 or more wins in 2018, when they lost a franchise-record 115 games, and only one such month in 2019, July 12, which represents the only non-losing full month of this stretch. Is. Baltimore won at least 10 games in six of the eight months between the 2020 and 2021 seasons, but in the other two, the Orioles did not win a total of 10 games, 5-23 in May 2021 and 4-24 in August 2021.


Adley Rutschman started in a 1-for-17 rut in June and closed the month going 0-for-7 in two games after the Orioles achieved a winning month. In between, he recorded 13 extra-base hits – 10 doubles and three home runs – in a 15-game period. The only other Orioles to do so before the age of 25: Manny Machado, Cal Ripken Jr., Don Baylor and Boog Powell. Neither of them made quite as few plate appearances as Rutsmann.


Six Orioles players, including Ratschman, finished June with an OPS above .775, a group that regularly filled the top two-thirds of manager Brandon Hyde’s lineup: Cedric Mullins (.776). , Trey Mancini (.782), Anthony Santander (.776), Austin Hays (.794), Ryan Mountcastle (.959) and Rutsman (.775). This marked the first time since June 2016 that six or more Orioles have posted an OPS of .775 or better while achieving at least 75 plate attendance. Baltimore averaged more than one run per game in June (4.77) compared to entering the month (3.73).


A resurgent Orioles pitching staff played a key role in last month’s performance, but the contribution of one group was particularly notable. Five Baltimore pitchers joined the organization on remission, meaning the other team no longer found them worthy of a spot on their roster. That quintet – Austin Voth, Joey Kreibel, Brian Baker, Sionel Perez and Jorge López – combined for a 2.17 On June 24 in the Era, he handled all nine innings in a 4–1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, limiting the defending American League Central champions to one hit. Add to that the 10 innings without a run earned from Felix Bautista — who did not claim a waiver but was released as a teenager by the Miami Marlins — and it’s clear that Baltimore’s bullpen won big in Thursday’s win over a replacement. Why did the companies enter the second place, according to Fangraph.


For Lopez, this number holds many meanings. First, this is his era for the month, as the Baltimore close scored 17 strikes with no runs in 13 2/3 innings. It is also the number of pitchers who have bowled at least as many innings as he has bowled and posted fewer WHIPs (0.366). Only one pitcher, Cleveland’s closer to Emmanuel Claes, threw more innings into June on Thursday, surrendering without an earned run, while Claes is also the only other reliever to fly one without at least seven saves in June. Lopez’s four saves for the month require at least four outs; Only the other two pitchers have multiple multiple-inning saves throughout the season.


On April 10, in the third game of the season for the Orioles, the Tampa Bay Rays were trouncing Tyler Wells, and Dean Kramer began the warmup in the Baltimore bullpen. But when Wales got out for five runs for four runs Outside, Kramer did not enter the game, faced a left. The oblique tension that cost him about two months. In June, that pair of pitchers largely carried out the Orioles’ rotation, combining for 1.83 ERA. Kramer had 1.29 points himself, largely on the back of three straight Scoreless starts to close the month; Since Hall of Famer Jim Palmer did so in 1978, he is only the third Oriole to work in at least 18 2/3 scoreless innings in three starts. Meanwhile, Wales has settled into the Orioles’ rotation after spending the last year in their bullpen. He has already played more innings than last season, leaving him with a 2.42 ERA in June from 3.23 in 15 starts.


Hayes entered the month with three assists. He recorded four in June alone. Playing left field on June 2, he threw a ball into the new left field wall at Camden Yards to Jesse Winker of Seattle in an attempt to reach third; The play is a favorite of center fielder Cedric Mullins. They waited about three weeks before recording another, then they flocked. On June 22 – the same day he went 4-for-4 to record a cycle in six innings – Hayes threw Washington’s Juan Soto in third as he tried to take another base on Josh Bell’s bloop single. Of. A day later in Chicago, he helped keep Kramer’s line clear and threw a runner out of right field at home and added a diving catch in wrong field later in the game. He reappeared in Kramer’s next start on Tuesday, holding off Seattle’s Abraham Toro in second to prevent the single from converting to a double. Hayes’ seven outfield assists tied for second in chiefs.


As well as the relative the Orioles played in much of this reconstruction, this number exemplifies the work that remains before them to reach the top of the AL East. Despite their first winning month in nearly five years, the Orioles lost seven games in the division, with the New York Yankees (22–6) and the Boston Red Sox (20–6) becoming the first teams to post both from the same division. At least .750 winning percentage in the same calendar month, according to ESPN. The Toronto Blue Jays went 15–13, with the Orioles losing a game, although they did get two over the Tampa Bay Rays when the AL East Champs ended the month at 12–14. Baltimore enters the wild-card race back on July 6, although only three teams in the AL have poor records.

Orioles @ Twins

Friday, 8:10 p.m.


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