Friday, June 4, 2010
1st Pitch: What's wrong with the O's?
By Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info
Quick Hits: The Orioles parted ways with Dave Trembley today. Let’s take a look at what else they’ll need to fix in order to become competitive again.
Today’s Trivia: Today is the 36th anniversary of 10-Cent Beer Night at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. In the lineup that day for the Rangers were three future managers. One of them was Toby Harrah, who coached half of a season with the Rangers after replacing Bobby Valentine in 1992. The other two led their teams to World Series appearances in the 1990s. Can you name them?
- Their starting pitchers are 9-27 with a 4.91 ERA, 4th worst in the majors.
- They’ve converted nine of 19 save opportunities (47.4 percent), worst in the majors.
- They’re 6-21 against their own division this season.
- They’re batting a league-worst .217 with runners in scoring position.
- They’ve scored just 3.3 runs per game, worst in the AL.
Today’s Leaderboard: One of the only players getting the job done for the Orioles this season has been Jeremy Guthrie. One of the keys to his success has been battling back when he falls behind in the count. In three-ball counts, batters have a .400 OBP against Guthrie – the lowest in the majors.
Key Matchups: David Eckstein may be one of the most unlikely players to have success against Roy Halladay, but he is batting .407 with a .926 OPS in his career against the Phillies’ ace.
Nyjer Morgan is 5-10 in his career against Aaron Harang. In each of his last two games against Harang, both in 2009, Morgan led off the game with a hit.
Trivia Answer: Jim Fregosi, who led the Phillies to the 1993 World Series, started at first base. Mike Hargrove, who led the Indians to the World Series in 1995 and 1997, entered the game in the 5th inning at first base.