The Orioles return home to Camden Yards tonight after a 2-4 road trip, looking for some wins and some runs. They scored just 12 runs total during the trip to Atlanta and New York.
Now their next five games are against a Washington team leading the majors in team ERA and a Los Angeles club that ranks first in the American League in team ERA.
To put the Orioles’ road trip offensive struggles into perspective, they scored 12 runs in one game the last time they played at home against Pittsburgh. In that one game, they had eight doubles, two homers and went 8-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
During the entire six-game trip, they had a total of six doubles, one homer and went 3-for-28 with runners in scoring position.
More notes on the O’s recent offense futility:
* They batted just .159 on the trip.
* They are 0-for-17 the last four games when batting with RISP.
* The Orioles never had more than six hits in one game on the trip.
* The Orioles hit .130 with three runs scored in the Mets series.
Some O’s hitting stats from the road trip:
* Chris Davis went 0-for-18.
* J.J. Hardy went 2-for-24.
* Mark Reynolds went 1-for-15.
* Steve Pearce went 3-for-16.
* Brian Roberts went 4-for-19.
On this homestand, the Orioles are facing two first-place teams in Washington and Cleveland, and a second-place club in Los Angeles.
Maybe not facing Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg will be a break for the Orioles this weekend. The Nats are 23-5 when one of those two pitchers is their starter, but 17-22 when anyone else takes the mound.
It’s a key homestand for the Orioles coming off a losing road trip. If the runs return, maybe the wins will, too.