Excitement filled Baltimore Orioles fans everywhere in 2012 as the team made the postseason for the first time since 1997 and also ended their long stretch of losing seasons. Today we are at number three on our list, the Orioles abysmal September offense.
Baltimore finished the with a 85-77 record for their second consecutive winning season, but fell short of a playoff spot by six games.
Coming into 2013, expectations, although perhaps too high, were just that for this season's team, so what went wrong?
#3 September Offense
The O's had one of the best offenses in baseball this season as led all of baseball in home runs, were fifth in runs scored and tenth in team batting average. Unfortunately for the Orioles, that offense simply disappeared after the All Star break and more specifically in September.
As a team, the Birds were 17th in the league in batting average for the month of September, while they finished 11th in runs, 23rd in on base percentage and the downside of all of this is that they were among the nine teams that played 28 or more games in the month of September, thus it is even more significant that the offense went into a slumber since they played more games than 60% of the teams in the league.
So we see how the Orioles offense faired in relation to the rest of the league, but how about to themselves? The .246 team batting average in September was the second lowest for any month this season next to the .240 they hit in July. In addition to their average being their second lowest of any month in September, they also produced their second fewest runs of any month with 112, as well as their OBP, stolen bases and slugging percentage also coming in with their second worst months.
On the flip side, Baltimore struck out 208 times in the month of September, which is only second to their 213 in the month of June. The Orioles also grounded into 26 double plays in the month of September which was the most of any month this season and was the fifth most in the month in all of baseball.
If their is anytime a team needs to be clicking on ALL cylinders, it is September and the Orioles offense all but disappeared, which is why we feel it is worthy of coming in at number three on our list.
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