From the O’s good news department as they get set to begin a series in San Diego tonight, four of the young pitchers are throwing well right now.
Brian Matusz, who starts on the mound tonight at Petco Park, and Jake Arrieta have pitched to a ERA of 2.70 over their last five combined starts.
After going through a four-start stretch where his ERA was 9.50, Matusz has pitched to an ERA of just 2.66 over his last three starts and pitched a career-high eight innings in his last outing vs. the Mets.
Arrieta, meanwhile, is the only O’s starter to pick up a win over the last 20 games.
Meanwhile, David Hernandez has really taken to pitching in late relief. He has given up just one earned run over 8 2/3 since moving to the bullpen. He is 1-0, 1.04 with two saves in relief.
Jason Berken has given up just one earned run over his last 6 2/3. Berken has an ERA of 2.08 on the year, 11th best among AL relievers.
Some other notes before the San Diego series:
*The O’s last win in a road series came last September 11-13 at New York. They are 0-13-1 in road series since and are 7-27 this season in road games.
*Ty Wigginton is tied for 10th in the AL with 13 homers, but he has not hit one in his last 21 games and 71 at bats, both season highs.
*The O’s are just 2-7 in interleague play on the year and 103-135 all time.
*Matusz is 0-7 over his last ten starts since his last win, April 19 at Oakland.
*The Orioles have scored just 11 runs while Matusz has been in the game over his last nine starts.
O’s record this year:
Under Dave Trembley: 15-39, .278 win percentage
Under Juan Samuel: 3-9, .250 win percentage
*The Orioles have been outscored 124-48 over the last 20 games and are 3-17 in that time.
*The O’s went just 5 for 33 with runners in scoring position in the Giants series.
There are some hot hitters:
Tejada: Is batting .368 (14 for 38) over his last nine games.
Markakis: Batting .371 (13 for 35) with 7 doubles over his last nine games.
Jones: Is hitting .302 (13 for 43) over his last 11 games with two homers and 8 RBI.
Patterson: Is hitting .345 (10 for 29) his last seven games with four stolen bases.