Orioles starting pitchers struggling through first five playoff games

October 11, 2014|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles starting rotation had a 3.61 ERA in the regular season, the fifth-best mark in the American League. But in the postseason, the club's starters have struggled.

Right-hander Bud Norris lasted just 4 1/3 innings in Saturday’s Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, allowing four runs and nine hits. Norris struck out three batters and walked none.

In five postseason games, four of the five Orioles starters have failed to go more than five innings. The exception was Norris’ ALDS Game 3 outing, in which he tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings against the Detroit Tigers, allowing just two hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

In the postseason, Orioles starters have a 6.08 ERA, allowing 16 earned runs in 23 2/3 innings. In each of the first two games of the ALCS, the Orioles starter hasn’t made it out of the fifth. Both Norris and Game 1 starter Chris Tillman lasted just 4 1/3 innings in their respective outings.

Here’s a look at the Orioles’ starters outings this postseason:

ALDS Game 1 vs. Det. (Win): Chris Tillman – 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
ALDS Game 2 vs. Det. (Win): Wei-Yin Chen – 3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
ALDS Game 3 at  Det. (Win): Bud Norris – 6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR
ALCS Game 1 vs. KC (Loss): Chris Tillman – 4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
ALCS Game 2 vs. KC (???): Bud Norris – 4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

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