Today is Independence Day, and we celebrate this date in 1776 as the day that laid the ground work for what would become the United States of America. The day also reminds us that June is now in the rearview mirror and the dog days of summer are upon us, but before we look forward, we wanted to take a look at the numbers for the month of June.
We will take a look at how the AL East fared in the June as well as each Orioles hitter and pitcher.
|AL East Standings June 1||W||L||GB||AL East Standings July 1||W||L||GB||June Record|
|Toronto Blue Jays||34||24||-||Toronto Blue Jays||46||39||-||TOR 12-15|
|New York Yankees||29||26||3.5||Baltimore Orioles||44||39||1||BAL 16-12|
|Baltimore Orioles||28||27||4.5||New York Yankees||41||41||3.5||NY 12-15|
|Boston Red Sox||27||29||6||Boston Red Sox||38||46||7.5||BOS 12-16|
|Tampa Bay Rays||23||34||10.5||Tampa Bay Rays||37||49||9.5||TB 13-16|
As you can see, the Orioles were the only team in the AL East with a winning record in the Month of June and it shows in the standings as they erased 3 1/2 games off of their deficit in the division and now own second place. While four games over .500 isn't a huge number, it is when you take into account that everyone else in the division was below .500 in the month.
So who led the way for the Orioles offensively to help the team to an AL East best record in June? Let's take a look.
Surprised by any of that? Jones and Pearce obviously led the way for the Birds in June and Pearce's .432 on base percentage is absolutely phenomenal and is huge for this team because he has been hitting mostly in the two hole and that is a valuable position in the Orioles order for a high on base percentage. Jones hit more home runs in June (9) than he did in the first two months of the season combined and it was much needed with the poor month of Davis and a big drop from Cruz. While a very small sample size, Lough's numbers were a bit of a surprise in that they are pretty good for such sporadic playing time.
How about the pitching staff?
|Wei-Yin Chen||2||1||3.67||6||0||34 1/3||.250||1.11|
|Bud Norris||4||0||2.55||4||0||24 2/3||.213||1.09|
|T.J. McFarland||0||0||0.57||8||0||15 2/3||.193||0.89|
|Miguel Gonzalez||1||1||6.14||3||0||14 2/3||.385||2.32|
|Brad Brach||1||0||3.38||7||0||13 1/3||.186||1.20|
|Zach Britton||0||1||3.09||11||6||11 2/3||.205||1.03|
|Brian Matusz||1||1||7.94||12||0||11 1/3||.327||1.85|
|Preston Guilmet||0||0||15.43||3||0||2 1/3||.500||3.00|
|Josh Stinson||0||0||0.00||1||0||1 2/3||.000||0.00|
Did anything surprise you with the pitching staff? The first thing that jumped out to us is just how good McFarland was in the month of June, often a forgotten arm in the bullpen, McFarland was phenomenal in June and performed well in the spot start he had on July 1. Another surprise was Hunter, who after losing the closer's job seemed to be forgotten by many Orioles fans, but he produced a good month of June and to see his WHIP below 1.00 is a great sign. Gonzalez and Matusz obviously struggled in the month and Gonzalez may be looking at losing his job in the rotation if he keeps it up and Gausman continues to show he is figuring it out at the big league level.
So that's how the Orioles stacked up in June and if they can improve on their performance in June in July then we could possibly be looking at a first place team once the month ends.
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