Some notes and stats to ponder as the O's begin a seven-game road trip at New York tonight with Jeremy Guthrie (0-3, 4.70) vs. CC Sabathia (3-1, 3.12).
Ty Wigginton's performance to start the year has been rather stunning. He hit .273-11-41 in 410 at bats in 2009. He did hit 23 homers in 386 at bats with Houston in 2008.
AL leaders, slugging percentage:
.790 - Paul Konerko, CWS
.763 - Robinson Cano, NYY
.729 - Ty Wigginton, Balt
AL leaders, at bats per home run:
6.75 - Paul Konerko, CWS
8.75 - Ty Wigginton, Balt
10.33 - Robinson Cano, NYY
Wigginton is batting .414 (12 for 29) over the last nine games and has hit six homers over his last 15 games and all eight of his homers this year in the past 17 games.
The Orioles are 3-10 on the road this year and are just 4-20 in their last 24 road games. They went 2-7 at Yankee Stadium last year and have lost 11 of their last 13 games at New York.
Clutch hitting is important:
*O's are batting .380 with runners in scoring position in their seven wins and .133 in their 18 losses.
The O's vs. the AL averages:
Team batting average: O's .248, AL avg .256
Team slugging percentage: O's .391, avg .406
Team OBP: O's .311, avg .330
The O's are playing a lot of close games, a higher percentage right now than last year. In 2009, they went 29-43 in games decided by two runs or less and now are 5-9 in those. That's 44 percent of the games played in 2009 and 56 percent so far this year.
When Ty Wigginton dropped a sac bunt in the 8th inning yesterday it was his first sac bunt since 2006 when he was with Tampa and the first of the year by the Orioles.
Fewest sac bunts in the AL:
1 - Orioles
2 - LAA & Toronto
4 - NYY
Updating some Yankees key hitters:
Cano: Went 8 for 13 with 3 homers in last week's series in Baltimore. He currently leads the league in batting average (.387), is second in homers (9) and tied for 4th in RBI (21). He is second in the AL in on base and slugging.
Jeter: During a five-game batting streak, he is 10 for 21 with a homer and 8 RBI. He is batting .333 vs. both left and right-handed pitchers and hits .419 when batting with RISP.
A-Rod: Went 0 for 12 last week vs. the Orioles. He is hitting .346 at home and .222 on the road.
Teixeira: He was batting just .136 and then went 6 for 9 in his last two games vs. Chicago with a double and 3 RBI. He bats .290 vs. southpaws and .136 vs. right-handed pitching.
Jeremy Guthrie gave up 6 ER over 4 2/3 last Wednesday vs. NY. In two career starts at the new Yankee Stadium, he is 0-2, 7.11. He is 3-7, 5.21 in 13 career starts vs. the Yankees.
CC Sabathia pitches to an ERA of 7.20 in the first inning this year, but only 1.35 in innings two through five. In his last five starts vs. the O's, he is 5-0, 1.91 and is 10-1, 2.65 in 15 career starts vs. Baltimore.
The O's did get 11 hits and three runs over 7 2/3 vs. Sabathia last week.
Sabathia in 2010:
First 4 starts: 14 hits in 27 IP, opponents avg of .161
Start vs. Orioles: 11 hits in 7 2/3, .355 avg.