The Orioles just could not get the big hit, especially early in last night’s game. They went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the first three innings and 1-for-12 on the night in the loss to Texas.
Going back to the start of the last road trip, the Orioles are batting only .128 (6-for-47) with runners in scoring position over the last seven games and they have lost five of those seven.
It’s probably not a big enough sample size to get concerned about the offense. The Orioles have been one of the top run-scoring teams in the league all year and they’ll break out of this soon. Maybe, as Adam Jones said, getting 12 scoring chances was a positive they can take from last night into tonight’s game.
Meanwhile, Jones made some interesting comments before yesterday’s game. During a press conference with the team’s four All-Stars, he was asked about the different feeling in the organization now from the years when the club was losing to these past two seasons.
“It starts at the top. It starts with owner Peter Angelos, who made a great decision to hire Buck Showalter,” Jones said.
“He came to the organization and gutted it pretty much, to what seemed appropriate. I think the players he acquired over here, through the draft and trades - look at our Triple-A team right now there are tons of guys that were minor league free agents last year but they add depth to our major league team.
“That is a blueprint for the future. We get players who want to play, not just guys on big contracts who come and relax and lean on their numbers. We get guys that want to play and grind out every day. It starts with our manager. He instills that in us every day.”
Jones was on four O’s teams from 2008 to 2011 that averaged 67 wins per year during four last-place finishes. Now he’s been on a 93-win playoff team and this year’s club. which is 49-41.
“It’s fun. Trust me, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10 and ‘11, they were not fun years. I’d go home in the offseason and be miserable. But this organization now, we’ve created expectations,” he said.
“The fans blow us up on Twitter, good and bad. We’ve created expectations and Birdland, we have them now. We haven’t had that in 15 years. Now social media is a part of that. We enjoy the expectations. That means we are doing something right.”