Baltimore Orioles Struggling in 1-Run Games in 2013

By Corey Righter
Wei-Yin Chen
Kim Klement – USA TODAY Sports

Who would have thought the Baltimore Orioles, king of one-run games in 2012, would falter in those very same games in 2013? Obviously there was eventual regression in store for a team that went 29-9 in one-run games during the 2012 season, but so far in 2013, they have already been in three one-run games and have lost all three.

After opening week, the Orioles are in second place, but they hold a record of 3-3. That may seem respectable, but consider the team they just lost a series to at home.

To put it nicely, the Minnesota Twins are not a team the O’s should lose to very often. The Twins have not won more than 66 games in a season since getting to the playoffs in 2010. With Chris Davis gradually cooling off, the rest of the team from top to bottom needs to step up early and often.

If the Orioles would get ahead early, they wouldn’t have to set an obscure record of one-run games won in a season. Perhaps they could set a record for most games won by five runs — now that would be a record that would have some standing against the naysayers. I can tell you that the most five-run wins in a season in the past 10 years is 15 by the San Francisco Giants in 2012.

The Orioles go on the road on Monday afternoon to take on the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox. The O’s will send Wei-Yin Chen to the mound as he attempts to avenge his previous botched win opportunity in his last appearance.

If you remember, Chen left his last start with a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays, only to see it disappear two batters later. The Sox will send their dominant lefty Clay Bucholz to the mound as they attempt to increase their lead atop the AL East.

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