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O’s hitters have struck out 77 times so far this year in 6 games.  6 games = 162 outs (they have had no home games yet).  That is a stunning 47.5% of their outs coming on strikeouts. And this is with Chris Davis on the DL.  And all the games were AL games, with a DH, so no pitchers had to hit.

Yet, they are 4-2.  Last night the O’s had 17 strikeouts and the Yankees had 13 hits and yet, the O’s won.  First Oriole win in NY since March of 2019. Go figure.

Orioles pitcher John Means entered today’s game with a 3-0 record and a 1.70 ERA. He tossed a no hitter, striking out 12 Mariners, and lowering his ERA to 1.37.

Only one Mariner reached base.  Not on a walk, nor a hit, nor a hit by pitch, nor an error....................  Reached on a dropped third strike. That's how close this was to a perfect game.

Orioles played a doubleheader yesterday.  The new rules are that each game is 7 innings.  In the first game, the Orioles led 10-7 going into the 7th inning.  But the O's terrible pitchers (some redundancy there) gave up four runs in the top of the 7th so they lost 11-10.

Could it get worse?

Well, in game two the Orioles took a 1-0 lead into the 7th and final inning.  The Blue Jays scored 11 runs in the top of the inning.   They sent 16 players to bat.  It was a blood bath.

The O's went on to lose, of course.

The Orioles are now FIFTY games below .500.

@mangiare posted:

Irwin, the Jays scored a few touchdowns against the Orioles today.  

Yes, I noticed. In fact, 13 NFL teams this week (so far) scored fewer points on the gridiron than the Blue Jays scored runs today on the baseball field.

Must be some giddiness up there in Toronto, eh? Looks like the Blue Jays have a decent shot at the wild card spot.

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