Game 28: Orioles 5, Royals 6

The Good:

  • Vlad Guerrero singled and walked(!). That actually moves his OBP above his batting average, which is now a little weird to see. I was kinda hoping Vlad would go all year without walking, just for the fun of it (imagine how exciting every three-ball count would be in August and September).
  • Adam Jones went 3-4 and drew a walk himself.
  • Luke Scott, batting down in the line-up with a lefty on the mound, hit a three-run homer (against said lefty) and then later singled (against a righty). Still correct to drop him given his career (regressed) platoon splits. (Process > Results, though batting 7th allowed there to be a couple runners on when he went deep).

The Bad:

  • Nick Markakis’ struggles at the plate continued (0-5, the only Orioles without a hit or walk), and he didn’t look good in right-field either. The team needs him to pick things up sooner rather than later.

The Final:

The O’s came back a couple times, but going into extra innings is usually edge-home-team. And so it was, as they dropped the first game of the series in KC.