The Baltimore Orioles have played 15 games in the month of June, and what was their achilles heel in the first two months of the season has turned into their strength as the O's starting rotation has been fantastic this month, but the team has not taken advantage of that with wins as they sit 8-7 in June.
Baltimore's starting rotation has boasted a 3.35 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and held opponents to a .238 batting average in 86 innings pitched. The O's starters have averaged 5.73 innings per start, but that includes a one inning start from Chris Tillman, so in the other 14 games, the Birds starters have averaged 6.07 innings per start. If you want to dive even deeper in that regard, Ubaldo Jimenez posted a 2 1/3 inning start, so in the team's 13 starts that lasted at least three innings, the starters have averaged 6.36 innings per start.
O's starters have been pure and simple, quality, this month. The starting rotation has produced a quality start (six or more innings with three or fewer runs) in 10 of its 15 starts this month, which is a quality start rate of 67%, which is a number that most, if not all teams would take in a heartbeat.
So with the starting pitching doing so well, what has kept the Orioles from having a more successful record thus far?
It has been a combination of untimely faltering by the bullpen, although they still have a 3.86 ERA, which isn't good, but not terrible either, and the lack of offense.
Baltimore's offense over the course of the season has been very productive as they are 4th in MLB in average, 5th in home runs, and 2nd with their .281 average with runners in scoring position, but June has proven to be an anomaly for the Birds offense.
The Orioles offense is actually hitting five points higher in June (.269) than they are overall this season (.264), and they lead all of baseball with 21 home runs, but their ability to hit with runners in scoring position has gone down a bit from their season average.
Baltimore's offense has been held to three runs or fewer in six of their 15 games, which includes being shutout twice.
In the end, it comes down to inconsistency, which has been the issue for the Orioles all season, but the good news is that the Birds have not played themselves out of the AL East race as they sit five games back of the Toronto Blue Jays and are just two games out of both AL Wildcard spots.
Be sure to "like" our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Orioles101
Add us on Google+ Orioles101
Follow us on Twitter for all Orioles breaking news @Orioles_101Tags: AL East, Baltimore, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Chris Tillman, MLB, Ubaldo Jimenez