Whether or not the Orioles win a given game is obviously story number one on a particular night, but not far behind it is the story of whether or not they continue their streak of consecutive games allowing five or more runs. They are now at 17, which is an American League record, and just three away from tying an MLB record that's survived since the Philadelphia Athletics did it in the days of Calvin Coolidge in the White House.
You have to figure the chances are pretty good for the streak continuing tonight, at least, if Kevin Gausman continues to pitch the way that he has pitched so far this season. No qualified starting pitcher (1 IP/team game) has allowed more runners on base than Gausman. By that measure he is actually the worst pitcher in baseball! Gausman has been allowing nearly two baserunners per inning. That is hard to do when you're a guy who's already had some big league success.
That's a problem for the Orioles in any game where Gausman pitches, but it's especially a problem when they are going up against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, whose ERA through his 13 starts is less than half of Gausman's, and whose WHIP of 1.008 is nearly half of Gausman's.
Sheesh. Why can't the Orioles end up with a guy like that? Well, one reason is that, not even getting into any difficulty in developing pitching prospects, they don't bother to spend money on international amateur players. Carrasco was signed out of Venezuela for $300,000 as a 16-year-old. It was more than a decade before Carrasco was ever actually any good, but now that he's good, he's combined for a 3.22 ERA over the past four seasons.
|CLEVELAND INDIANS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Francisco Lindor - SS||Seth Smith - RF|
|Jason Kipnis - 2B||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Jose Ramirez - 3B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Edwin Encarnacion - DH||Mark Trumbo - DH|
|Lonnie Chisenhall - RF||Trey Mancini - 1B|
|Carlos Santana - 1B||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Austin Jackson - LF||Hyun Soo Kim - LF|
|Bradley Zimmer - CF||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Roberto Perez - C||Paul Janish - SS|
|Carlos Carrasco - RHP||Kevin Gausman - RHP|