1-for-23. That is the current stat line for the Baltimore Orioles designated hitters through the teams first seven games. In case you were wondering what that line equates to, it’s an anemic .043 batting average. The Orioles are currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak after dropping their most recent game to the Boston Red Sox on Monday.
It is never a good sign when the position that has the lone responsibility of hitting is failing to do so. The Orioles have employed three different designated hitters so far in 2013: Steve Pearce, Nolan Reimold, and Ryan Flaherty have all started at DH this season.
Pearce had the most at-bats at the DH slot, going 0-for-10. If you remember, Pearce arguably had the hottest spring training of any Oriole as he batted .340 with an impressive total of seven home runs. Reimold and Flaherty have played other position besides DH due to injuries and certain favoring matchups.
Last season, the Orioles’ designated hitters combined to hit for an average of .240 along with 24 home runs. On the other hand, the Orioles designated hitters also struck out at an alarming rate of 190 total strikeouts. The O’s may have to wait this slump out until help arrives.
In 2012, Wilson Betemit played a huge chunk of time at DH and he is currently on the DL for at least the next month. Betemit is expected to begin his rehab today in Sarasota as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery.
The 3-4 Orioles continue their series against the Red Sox on Wednesday. Hopefully, whomever the DH is can perform better than the position has in the first seven games.