For a team that entered the 2016 MLB All-Star break with a 51-36 record, it can be viewed as disappointing to go 15-15 since returning to action like the Baltimore Orioles have. However, manager Buck Showalter and his coaching staff should actually be viewing it as progress based on how they got there.
One of baseball’s best and one of baseball’s worst
Throughout the 2016 season, Baltimore has proved a lot of people wrong (including myself). Sure, they started the year on a nine-game winning streak, but we all know fast starts don’t always produce playoff-caliber teams once the calendar flips to August and September.
For standing the test of time during the first three-and-a-half months, the organization can thank its offense and bullpen, while shaking its head at the rotation.
Many loved watching the Orioles hit, but very few enjoyed watching them pitch – at the beginning of games, at least. Starters combined to post a 29-28 record in the first half with a 5.15 ERA, which was third worst in the majors. They also didn’t last very long, with their 470 innings pitched ranking last out of 30 teams.
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P- Clayton Kershaw (vs. New York Mets): In 91 career at bats against Kershaw, the Mets’ offense is batting .110, with zero home runs, three RBIs, 27 strikeouts, and a .182 OBP. In 2016, Kershaw is 7-1, with a 1.48 ERA, 95 strikeouts, five walks, and 47 hits against in 79 innings pitched.
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P- Chris Tillman (vs. Detroit Tigers): $7,900
P- Josh Tomlin (vs. Minnesota Twins): $7,500
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- Matt Harvey (vs. ATL/ @ SD)
- Dallas Keuchel (vs. MIN/ vs. SEA)
Jake Arrieta (@ PIT/ vs. WAS)
Johnny Cueto (@ CIN/ vs. COL)
Gerrit Cole (vs. CHC/ @ STL)
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