Orioles hit a 3-game win streak, pushing their record back to .500. They face the White Sox once more in this 4-game series before heading to KC.
The Orioles pitching has done very well this series against the White Sox main hitters. Konerko has dropped from a .316 average entering this series to a .294 avg, and Quentin entered with a .304 avg and now stands at .290. Not bad from the O’s pitching staff (and defense).
Buehrle has not been particularly sharp this year (his ERA is above his career average, and his K/9 and BB/9 are slightly worse than normal). He doesn’t get many ground balls and has also been a victim to little run support (see last start).
Not overpowering stuff, but the change-up usually catches batters fishing, as does his curve (pretty good 12 MPH drop-off from fastball). However, doesn’t really have that punch-out pitch that he needs.
The O’s offense showed a little power yesterday, hitting two home runs (Reynolds, how about it?) and also getting a bases-clearing double from Nick. They did strike out 10 times compared to only 2 walks (ouch).
Guthrie continues his very solid start to the season in every column–except wins. The hard-luck loser for the O’s, Guthrie’s ERA is a whole 2 points lower than his career average, yet he’s only 1-3 on the year. He’s keeping his walk count very low which has helped out tremendously. He just needs to be wary of the amount of fly balls he gives up tonight; good chance they could leave the yard.
Guthrie uses all of his pitches often and has two decent swing-and-miss pitches. A good sinker/change-up combo works to counteract his 92 MPH fastball. Just needs to work the ball down tonight as to make sure it stays in play.
Stats: UZR, WAR, ERA, FIP, xFIP, K/9 & BB/9, GB%, PitchFX