Though the O’s ended the seasonal o-fer against the Blue Jays in Baltimore recently, their trip up north ended like every other time the teams played this year – a Jays’ sweep. A pitching staff that gives up the most home runs in the league versus an offense that’s hit – by far – the most home runs in the majors isn’t a great combination (for the Orioles), so Chris Tillman and Jeremy Guthrie each getting taken deep three times wasn’t terribly unexpected. The pitched decently enough otherwise, and Rick VandenHurk got a start where he wasn’t too bad as well (3 R in 4 IP, but 5 K’s to 2 BB). The offense only scored 10 runs in the 3 games, and cemented an atrocious run differential for the O’s against the Jays this year (51 runs scored – 2.8 per game – against 93 runs allowed – 5.2 per game). If instead of being 3-15 versus Toronto, the Orioles were 13-5, they would actually be ahead of the Jays in the standings*.
* Yeah, and if Cesar Izturis hit 60 home runs the O’s might be looking at a playoff berth, but still.
The losing streak also dropped the Birds back into 3rd place for the worst record in the majors. They sit at 61-94 on the season with just two series left, needing to pick up 2 wins in their last 7 games to avoid 100 losses and 4 wins to improve on last year’s record.