The Orioles historically start slowly in 2022


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We recently wrote that pitching hasn’t been the Baltimore Orioles’ biggest problem in the 2022 season, at least in the limited sample size we currently have.

That’s still the case, to some extent: Their pitching staff are seventh in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) so far with 2.5, and they have a 3.68 ERA.

The offense, however, was putrid, for lack of a better word.

According to Codify Baseball on Twitter, “The Baltimore Orioles have scored a total of 26 runs in the first 5 innings of their 22 games this season. Not a typo.

That’s just over a point per game over the first five innings of 2022.

It’s just brutal.

It seems like it takes their batters a little while to get going, but the problem is, they haven’t started.

At all.

Offense is still a big deal

Their offense is 27th out of 30 teams in WAR, with 0.6.

The Orioles batters are batting .219/.304/.317 so far going into Monday’s games, and they’ve scored 71 runs.

Those 71 points rank them 26th, ahead of the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals.

All of these teams have losing records.

It seems the blistering pace with which the Orioles’ pitchers started the season has slowly waned, but their hitters are still unproductive.

Some of the players who had good years in 2021 weren’t able to replicate that form this time around.

Ryan Mountcastle (.250/.286/.338) is an example, and even breakout artist Cedric Mullins falls far short of his pace (.221/.309/.372).

It’s been a long season and it’s time for the O’s to turn things around to some degree.

The mere fact that their 8-14 record is far from the worst in the league should be considered a moral victory.




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