The Baltimore Orioles took a break from getting embarrassed on the mound and let their offense take a bow Saturday night. It wasn’t perfect or even good for the Orioles’ pitching staff, but 6 runs allowed is a pretty good look for them all things considered. As the fastest team in major league history to allow 100 home runs, 6 runs for the other team is some kind of accomplishment for the Orioles.
They allowed 100 home runs in just 48 games, which takes effort to pull off. There have been a lot of fireworks this season in baseball, with home runs happening at a record pace. The Orioles have been the worst offenders to contributing to that stat.
9 runs is no guarantee that the Orioles are going to win given their pitching woes. It was enough, though, as Andrew Cashner was able to survive while allowing 5 earned runs. Josh Lucas was the best performer of the night for the Orioles. He allowed no runs across 3 innings which has been foreign to Baltimore in 2019.
However, the offense were the real stars, as they put up a total of 17 hits on the night. Jonathan Villar led the way for the O’s, as he brought in 3 runs on 5-for-3 hitting Saturday evening. The win was the first for the Orioles since May 17th.
They were on a seven-game losing streak going into yesterday. Baltimore came close to ending it on Friday, but fell victim to a Trevor Story walk-off in the 9th inning. David Hess, who has been struggling like the rest of teammates on the pitching staff, will hope to turn it around in tough conditions Sunday. The Rockies are coming off a loss and they have a shaky pitcher coming in today to hit against. We’ll see if Colorado can take advantage. German Marquez will counter for the Rockies. Head below for our free Orioles vs. Rockies pick.
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Last night was only the second time in seven games that the Orioles held the opposition to less than 7 runs. It’s been a tough season for the Orioles on the pitching front, so it was nice for them to find a win Saturday. Note that as a team the Orioles are 30th in the major leagues with an ERA of 5.83.
That includes the starters and relievers, but they have one thing to feel good about. Their bullpen isn’t last after all of this. That honor goes to the Washington Nationals who somehow have an ERA of 7.04 from their relievers. The O’s have a 6.09 ERA for the next worst bullpen in the majors.
David Hess hasn’t done his fellow pitchers any favors. He’s gotten whipped for a 6.75 ERA and hasn’t shown any signs of getting better. Hess has posted an ERA of 9.60 in his last three outings and is coming off his worst outing of the season.
He allowed 9 runs against the Yankees in Baltimore, which included 3 home runs against. In his last two outings, Hess has somehow managed to give up 7 home runs. On the season he’s allowed a staggering 17 home runs. In his first ever start at Coors Field, how do you think Sunday is going to for him?
Expect the Rockies to hammer Hess early and often. There is a good reason that the Rockies are massive favorites in this contest. A lot of it has to do with how bad Hess has been this season. I don’t see him getting a favorable matchup in the Colorado air on Sunday. German Marquez has put up some pretty solid numbers for the Rockies, but like a lot of pitchers, he doesn’t like pitching in Coors Field.
Marquez has been effective on the road with an ERA of 2.08, but has gotten exploited for a 5.34 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in Denver. Expect another high-scoring final score in the series finale Sunday. It’s a high total at 12, but it likely isn’t going to be enough to hold the scoring under 12 runs in this spot.