The O’s team ERA is 4.13 right now, a season best. They have allowed just 5 ER the last two games. The O’s starters’ ERA is 3.89 and O’s starters have allowed 2 ER or less four times already. The Orioles have three quality starts. Last year they didn’t pick up their third quality start until game 12.
The team ERA after six games last year was 5.67.
There’s been good pitching on the farm too. The team ERA’s.
3.00 - at Norfolk, 4th in the International League
2.91 - at Bowie, 4th in the Eastern League
2.32 - at Frederick, 3rd in the Carolina League
2.31 - at Delmarva, 4th in the South Atlantic League
All four O’s farm teams are in first place or tied for first at this very early stage.
Back to the big leaguers. Matt Wieters has four two-hit games already and is hitting .409, 6th in the AL. Nick Markakis is batting just .167 without an RBI yet, but does lead the AL with nine walks.
The Orioles are last in the league with just 19 runs scored. Oakland has already scored 39 and New York has put up 36.
AL East runs scored to date-
36 - New York
33 - Boston
29 - Toronto
24 - Tampa
19 - Baltimore
O’s extra-base hits-
Tampa series: 12
Toronto series: 5
The O’s are just 9 for 54 on the year (.167) batting with runners in scoring position and are just 1 for 14 with RISP the past two games.
Here is a stunning stat: The O’s have not driven in a run with two outs and runners in scoring position yet this year. As a team, they are batting .042 on the season (1 for 24) when hitting with RISP and two outs.
Kevin Millwood is tied for 3rd in the league with 11 strikeouts, but tied for 1st in the AL with four homers allowed.