Concern is on rise as O's batting averages keep falling. Will bats warm with weather?

He's Hot They're Not

May 04, 2007|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter

DETROIT -- The long-awaited offensive breakout threatened to come Monday at Comerica Park, when the Orioles scored two runs and made Detroit Tigers ace Jeremy Bonderman throw 38 pitches in the first inning. However, Bonderman needed only 30 pitches to get through the next three, and the Orioles never could break the game open.

The next day, they managed nine runners in 3 2/3 innings against lightly regarded Chad Durbin, but scored only two runs. They lost both games.

Indians@Orioles Tonight, 7:05, MASN, 105.7 FM Starters: Paul Byrd (2-1, 3.50) vs. Erik Bedard (3-2, 6.09)

Behind in count

Selected offensive numbers and where the Orioles' offense ranks in the 14-team American League through Wednesday.

Category Stat Rank AL Avg. Batting avg .250 10th .255 Runs 119 9th* 119 Hits 239 7th 229 Home runs 22 10th* 25 Walks 95 6th 87 Steals 18 5th* 16 Avg. w/ RISP .251 9th .257 Slugging pct. .385 12th .404 On-base pct. .322 10th .328 Left on base 207 13th* 185

* tied

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