For some teams, rest can be a blessing or a threat to a teams momentum during a hot streak. In 2012, the Baltimore Orioles were 14-3 following a day off. Of those 17 games, the team was 10-1 at home, which is where they are set to take on the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday following their day off on Monday.
So far in 2013, the O’s have continued this trend by defeating the Boston Red Sox last Wednesday. Following a day off, the Orioles are outscoring their opponents at average of two runs per game since the beginning of the 2012 season. The Orioles currently have 12 scheduled days off, not including the all-star break.
The Orioles currently sit at .500, with a record of 6-6 after dropping two of three against the New York Yankees. Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta is set to take the mound Tuesday evening looking to pick up his first win on the season.
He has pitched well enough for the Orioles to pick up the win in each of his two starts. However, the 27-year-old has lasted just five innings in both starts, which has caused his ERA to balloon to an ugly 7.20 ERA on the season.
After today’s off day, the Orioles will go on a 20-game stretch with no days off. Fortunately, the teams’ next nine games will be played in Camden Yards where the team went 22-8 during the last two months of the 2012 season.
So far this season, the team has played nine games on the road and just three games at home.