As I continue to flip through the Orioles’ season-in-review and wonder why, in this version, Nolan Reimold has the bad back and Felix Pie injures his Achilles...
(OK, not really)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The Orioles were 29-21 in one-run games, including 12-5 under manager Buck Showalter and an astounding 22-6 at Camden Yards. Minnesota led the AL with 31 one-run victories. Texas had 30.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The Orioles were 11-21 in games decided by two runs.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The Orioles were 13-4 in extra-inning games, including 10-1 at home. Those 13 victories led the majors. Can you name the one home loss? (Answer below)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Through Aug. 2, the Orioles ranked last in the league with a .217 average with runners in scoring position. After Aug. 3, they led the AL with a .300 average, going 138-for-460.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ In 58 games, the Orioles scored one run or fewer while their starter was on the mound. They failed to score 22 times.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The Orioles allowed 23.7 percent of their runs - 186 of 785 - in the eighth inning or later. The other teams in the majors allowed 19.6 percent.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The Orioles used nine different starting pitchers, compared to 12 in 2009. Can you name this year’s group? (Answer below)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The Orioles went 24-48 in their division, a record that, obviously, needs to improve. They were 9-9 vs. Boston, 7-11 vs. Tampa Bay, 5-13 vs. New York and 3-15 vs. Toronto.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Anyone remember which Oriole posted the highest average in spring training (minimum of 50 at-bats)? Yes, that answer also is below.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ After starting out 0-8 on Mondays, the Orioles won their last six games on that day.
Answer I: The only loss was the first one, April 13 vs. Tampa Bay.
Answer II: Jake Arrieta, Brad Bergesen, Jeremy Guthrie, Mark Hendrickson, David Hernandez, Brian Matusz, Kevin Millwood, Chris Tillman and Rick VandenHurk. My guess is a few of you forgot about Hendrickson.
Answer III: Nolan Reimold led the Orioles with a .283 average after starting out 0-for-22. He followed his slump with a 15-for-31 surge.
Reimold will be one of the bigger curiosities of spring training 2011. The assumption is he’ll be healthy and more focused. He’s still got intriguing power. Could he emerge as the everyday left fielder or be part of a platoon with Felix Pie? Will he get some work at first base?
Mark me down as curious.