O’s offense struggling away from the Yard

The Orioles didn’t produce much offense on their recent nine-game road trip to Toronto, Tampa and Boston and they haven’t produced much on this current trip to Atlanta and New York.

In between those trips, the Orioles scored 44 runs with a .310 batting average during a six-game homestand.

Why did the team hit so well and go 5-1 at home, but struggled to hit the last two road trips, going 5-8 in those games?

Good question and the difference in offense is striking. The Birds hit .310 on that homestand, but they have batted just .210 as a team on the last two road trips. They averaged 7.3 runs per game in those six Camden Yards contests, but are scoring just 2.6 in the last 13 road games. They hit 11 homers in the six games in Baltimore with just six homers in the last 13 away from the Yard.

How some O’s hitters have fared on the current road trip:
* Brian Roberts is 3-for-12.
* J.J. Hardy is 1-for-16.
* Chris Davis is 0-for-14.
* Matt Wieters is 0-for-8.
* Mark Reynolds is 1-for-11.
* Steve Pearce is 3-for-12.

Davis Hits White.jpgThe Orioles have not been able to carry over the big offensive numbers they put up at home against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. They have scored just nine runs in Atlanta and New York with a team average of .152 and have gone four games in a row without a homer for the first time all year.

Maybe this is just a bump in the road for the offense and they’ll get it going tonight against Johan Santana. But on the year, the Orioles have been a much better hitting team at home.

Orioles at home: .265 average, .462 slugging and 5.0 runs per game
Orioles on road: .233 average, .381 slugging and 3.9 runs per game

We’ll see if the O’s bats get it going at all in the remaining two games of this series with the Mets. They need one win for a .500 road trip and two wins for a winning trip.

They are just two games away from returning to the friendly confines of Camden Yards for a nine-game homestand.

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