Home hasn’t been sweet to the Orioles, who are 9-11 at Camden Yards this season. They also began the 2011 season with a 9-11 home record.
The Orioles have dropped six straight at home for the first time since April 9-14, 2010. The last time they lost seven straight at Camden Yards was Aug. 22-Sept. 7, 2007, when they dropped 11 in a row.
The last time that the Orioles began a homestand with five straight losses also was April 9-14, 2010, when they lost three each to Toronto and Tampa Bay.
Adam Jones is 7-for-7 in stolen bases this season. According to STATS, the last Oriole to steal more than seven bases without being caught to start a season was Cesar Izturis, who swiped nine straight in 2009.
Jones (30) and Chris Davis (40) have combined for 70 RBIs in the first 43 games. According to STATS, that is the fifth highest total through 43 games in Orioles history.
Cal Ripken Jr. (37) and Eddie Murray (36) in 1987 are tied with Miguel Tejada (40) and Brian Roberts (33) in 2005 for the most (73). Rafael Palmeiro (37) and Roberto Alomar (34) combined for 71 in 1996, and Nick Markakis (36) and Aubrey Huff (35) combined for 71 in 2009.
The Orioles’ record through 44 games is 76, set by Palmeiro (39) and Alomar (37) in 1996.
Alexi Casilla is batting .583 (14-24) against CC Sabathia, which is tied with Manny Ramirez (also 14-for-24) for the highest career average against the veteran lefty with 20 or more plate appearances.
J.J. Hardy, who’s 8-for-28 (.321) with a home run and five RBIs against Sabathia, moves up to third in the lineup.
“It’s hard to find anybody that’s had some success against certain guys,” said manager Buck Showalter. “This just fits a little bit better for us tonight.”
Wei-Yin Chen still plans on flying down to Sarasota on Tuesday. Showalter doubts that Chen, on the disabled list with a strained right oblique, will be allowed to pick up a ball for at least another week.
“I couldn’t tell you that he’s making any great progress,” Showalter said. “He’s still sore, but he’s doing some things as far as sleeping through the night and rolling over, where it’s not bothering him like it was the first couple of days. But I don’t think there’s some definitive date. There’s unknown on it.
“It’s a Grade 2. I know the normal timeframe with that, that would make throwing in a week probably a challenge.”
The Orioles will make a roster move Tuesday, activating Miguel Gonzalez from the disabled list and sending down a player. Showalter said tonight’s game could dictate the corresponding move, and not just because of an injury.
Only speculating here, but Freddy Garcia is a possibility if he turns in another poor outing tonight. Jake Arrieta is an extra bullpen arm, which puts him in jeopardy.
Showalter said there are no current plans to give Arrieta a start.
Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland could earn a start down the road. It’s been discussed, but he’ll remain in the bullpen for now.
“He was impressive again yesterday,” Showalter said of McFarland, who threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Chris Tillman. “I’m real proud of our scouting department. So far, so good with him.
“He’s a guy we’ve thought about starting, too, but right now it’s Freddy and Jair.”