Can the Orioles be clutch today?

The Orioles were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position yesterday, and a lead that they nursed through the middle innings dissolved into a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Can't blame customs or the exchange rate in Canada. The Orioles are prone to these lapses in the clutch on any side of the border.

The Orioles are 6-for-22 with RISP in the first two games of the series after going 13-for-63 (.206) with on their most recent eight-game homestand.

Before Friday, the Orioles had only one game in their previous 11 when they delivered more than two hits with RISP.

Somehow, the Orioles continue to rank fifth in the majors with a .268 average with RISP. The Cardinals are first at .326.

Over the last 21 games, the Orioles are batting .221 (36-for-163) with RISP, and have a 9-12 record in that span.

They won a game against the White Sox while going 2-for-18, but that's an extremely rare occurrence. Rely on winning games in that fashion, and you'll be home in October.

With a runner on third and less than two outs, the Orioles rank 16th with a .315 average. They've scored 186 runs, which ranks 15th.

With a runner in scoring position and two outs, the Orioles are 14th with a .238 average. They've scored 173 runs, which ranks 20th.

Miguel Gonzalez could use the support. In his 17 starts through July 20, he was 8-3 with a 3.34 ERA and 13 quality starts in 107 2/3 innings. In seven starts since July 21, he's gone 1-4 with a 5.73 ERA and four quality starts in 44 innings.

Gonzalez is 3-1 with a 3.56 ERA in seven day games this season. He's 3-2 with a 3.15 ERA in 10 career games (nine starts) during the day.

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