Things You May, or May Not Have Known: August 28, 2016
The Orioles finish up their series in New York today, and I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say they’re not looking back for one second. In this series they have been outscored 27-9, and have been outhit 36-19. It’s hard to say they have looked anything like a playoff caliber team, but like I posted last night (https://allaboutthebirds.wordpress.com/2016/08/27/the-struggles-continue-but-theres-still-hope/), there is still hope this Orioles club can get into the postseason.
With yesterday’s loss though, the Orioles are now three games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the American League East lead. This is the second time the O’s have trailed by three games this season. The last time was back on May 31 when they lost to the Red Sox, 6-2. They have not been further back than three games.
Kevin Gausman gets the nod today to try to halt this losing streak, and get the O’s in the win column.
Gausman is looking for his third win in a row, and trying to achieve this streak for just the second time in his young career. The last time Gausman won three starts in a row was in 2014, when he took down the A’s, Blue Jays, and Rays. During that stretch, Gausman had a 0.95 ERA, with 14 strikeouts.
While Gausman hasn’t had much success on the road since he made his major league debut, there is a positive note about him against the Yankees. In eight starts, Gausman has pitched to a 3-3 record, with a 2.28 ERA.
The Orioles are currently 11-14 in the month of August.
If they do not come out of New York with a victory today, a losing month is inevitable, and it would make the second losing month of the season. The first was last month, when they finished 12-14. Last season they posted back-to-back losing months in July, and August as well.
Under Buck Showalter, in each of the three seasons the O’s have failed to make the playoffs, (2011, 2013, 2015), they finished with two or more losing months. In the two seasons they have made the playoffs, (2012, 2014) they only had one month under .500.
Chris Davis seems to be back to his old self.
Since August 12 in San Francisco, Chris Davis has most definitely returned to Crush Davis form. In the 15 games since that time, Davis has gone 14-50 (.280), and hit 9 home runs, while driving in 11 RBI’s. He is slugging .860 during that time frame, and has only struck out 20 times. That’s only an average of 1.3 K’s per game.