Baltimore Orioles’ Offensive Struggles Against Mediocre Pitchers Is Worrisome

By David Atlas
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The Baltimore Orioles are supposed to have the most prolific offense in baseball, so why can’t they hit mediocre pitches? Despite beating the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night the offense still struggled in the 2-1 win.

Offensively, the Orioles got off to a slow start in the season, but a lot of that could be contributed to facing pitchers like Jon Lester and Justin Verlander. The past two games the Orioles have scored zero runs off of the Blue Jays’ starters.

Toronto started Dustin McGowen in game one, who hadn’t had a quality start since 2008, yet he shut down the Orioles’ offense. He pitched 6.1 innings and allowed only five hits. In game two the Blue Jays started Drew Hutchison who pitched six scoreless innings and allowed only four hits. Hutchison’s only major league experience was last season as he pitched to a 4.60 ERA in 58.2 innings of work. Pitchers with track records like that shouldn’t be able to stifle one of the league’s top offenses.

While the Orioles have been without J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado, those excuses only go so far.

The only good offensive outing from the Orioles came in a 14-5 trouncing of the New York Yankees. If you take that game out of the equation, the Orioles’ offense has scored only 28 runs in 10 games for an average of 2.8 runs per game. The MLB average is 4.1 runs per game and that’s pretty low for a normal season. You will not win many games scoring only 2.8 runs per game and unless the Orioles start scoring, people are going to start talking.

David Atlas is a Baltimore Orioles writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter (@DavidAtlasRants) or add him to your circles on Google+.

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