The idea of the reconstruction project of the Orioles is still exciting. Someday, things will be better than they are now, with exciting players doing exciting things. The reality is that at this time it often sucks, which results in games where pitchers who do not have businesses facing major league hitters have to try to get them out because the last regime of the head office failed to acquire good players and the new one still does not care. all that if the MLB team is bad.
Friday's game, where the Orioles lost to the Angels by a score of 8-3, was one of those games. The starting pitcher, Dan Straily, was bad. The guy who relieved him after he could not complete the fifth inning, Evan Phillips, was worse.
The result was a game in which 14,495 people (less, however, many Angels fans who were happy and children who got free tickets) made the poor decision to pay to attend, and many others chose to spend part of their night. Friday watching television or listening. on the radio. The money will not be returned. The time can not be returned.
Straily has proved to be a pitching firm so poor that he could believe that it was actually Dan Duquette who hired him to pitch for the Orioles. In six attempts before today, I had only organized an exit that could be considered more than horrible. As the Marlins cut him almost at the end of spring training, he does not have an excuse of "did not receive a full spring training" for these outings. He just … is not good enough to get the AL hitters out.
The details almost do not matter. The game certainly does not. He simply delivered six runs in just 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and two walks in the process. If you want to be fair to Straily, when you really left the game, you had only allowed four races, but Phillips completely failed to prevent the inherited runners from crossing the plate.
This start is the kind of thing we should evoke the Matusz Test, a test I named after the 2011 ERA climb of Brian Matusz. If you start a game with a high ERA and you make the ERA decrease, even if you have a bad exit, you pbad the test. If you can not reduce your ERA already high, the test fails. Straily had a 7.43 ERA when he started today. Now he has an ERA of 8.23. Matusz's test failed. It would have failed even if Phillips had left the two inherited brokers.
It was at Phillips' feet that the game became a laugh. In addition to allowing the two runners he inherited to score, Phillips allowed two more runs in a 1.2-inning outing. There is nothing good to say about two races, four hits and a walk in 1.2 relay innings. It would be a good story if Phillips, born in Salisbury, was a success for the Orioles. That is not the story we are receiving.
If you can believe it, the Orioles led this game at the same time. The O struck first when Trey Mancini led Angels starter Trevor Cahill deep into the first inning, a bomb on the grbad patches in front of the batter's eye in center field. The solo homer, the seventh of the year for Mancini, gave the O temporarily a 1-0 lead.
As it is typical of the Orioles teams of recent harvest, they renounced the leadership almost immediately. The first batter that Straily faced after being given the lead, Andrelton Simmons, opened the second inning with a solo. Finally, he scored with a triple from Tommy La Stella in center field that the center fielder of the current O, Stevie Wilkerson, made the reckless attempt to dive to try to catch. The runner was going to score anyway, but he seemed stupid.
In the third inning, the Angels arrived in Straily again. It does not make sense to get upset about the fact that Mike Trout hit a two-run homer to Straily. That is what is supposed to happen. In the fifth, it was a double trout note that chased Straily from the game. Three consecutive strokes allowed by Phillips led to another portion of the Los Angeles offense.
While all this was happening, the Orioles' offense was largely pathetic against Cahill. An impressive fact about Cahill is that, by entering tonight, he had allowed more homers than any other pitcher in the MLB. Is not true. It is not a pitcher of the Orioles that has abandoned more dingers so far this year.
Cahill had a 6.95 ERA at the start of today. It has been bad. While he gave the solo shot to Mancini to extend his lead in home runs allowed, that was one of four hits he allowed, and he did not walk away in a six-inning start that could have lasted longer if he had not. for the delay of the rain of one hour and 49 minutes. He pbaded the Matusz exam easily and now has a 6.35 ERA.
Throughout the game, the Orioles had only five hits. It's hard to win a game like that. It's not a big surprise when an alignment where Rio Ruiz is the cleanup hitter could have trouble generating offenses. The pitchers are not the only reason why this team is now 13-25.
Chris Davis had two hits in the game, including his fourth homer of the season. Now he's hitting .193 for the season. The line of Mendoza is in sight. As ESPN's Eddie Matz points out, Davis is working on almost a month of exceptional plate performance:
Since April 13 (the day he broke his no-hit streak), Chris Davis has an OPS of .948.
– Eddie Matz (@ESPNeddiematz) May 11, 2019
This number has gone up a bit since he was tweeted because Davis walked in the ninth.
Other things that count as good news: Miguel Castro had a great effort in the last three innings of the game, his sixth consecutive start without allowing a race. In addition, Trout's homer was the only one allowed by the O pitchers in the game. The 81 home runs they have now allowed are not good news, but at least they are now at the pace of allowing "only" 345 homers for the season. The record of 258 homers currently allowed is in the hands of the Reds 2016.
The Orioles have the opportunity to pair the series in the game scheduled for 4:05 on Saturday. Dylan Bundy and Matt Harvey are expected to be the starting pitchers. Hopefully it will not rain anymore on all those who are there to see A League Of Own Own after the game.