During Monday’s rain delay I opted not to elbow my fellow media members out of the way for free hot dogs. Instead of heavy eating, I did some light reading.
Rarely does anyone read every single note written in the Orioles game notes, but since I had some time to kill, I did.
Here’s what I found: the O’s not only have both poor pitching and hitting statistics against Oakland this year, but most players have bad stats versus Oakland lifetime.
It’s odd for one club to have the number of an entire roster, but the A’s seem to have the Orioles’.
One - Adam Jones is the only Oriole who has a batting average over .300 against the Oakland A’s this year. In fact, as a team the Orioles have hit just .180 against the A’s in 2009.
Two - The majority of the Orioles currently on the roster haven’t fared much better in their careers against A’s pitchers. Interestingly Chad Moeller has the best career stats hitting against Oakland with a .333 batting average, but he’s only had six at bats. Other players like Nick Markakis have hit noticeably below their normal averages against the A’s. Nick has hit just .222 in his career against the Athletics. He’s a career .299 hitter.
Three - The Orioles’ veteran hitters--Aubrey Huff, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Brian Roberts, and Luke Scott--have a combined batting average of just .239 lifetime against Oakland.
Four - There are 10 Orioles pitchers on staff who have faced Oakland hitters in their career (both starters and relievers). Those ten players combine for a 6.14 ERA vs. Oakland.
No big revelation here, just some random notes.
I’m tired of calculating. I hope there are still some hot dogs left.