The Orioles recent offensive struggles have been well documented. Eighteen games without scoring more than five runs, the lack of production with men in scoring position.
This week, some of the biggest bats have relatively quiet for the Orioles. There haven’t been many 0-for-15’s on the club, but many of the hitters they’ve been dependent on have gone into ruts.
Of course, an 18-inning game generally doesn’t help matters.
Here are some of the numbers:
Chris Davis 4-for-30
Adam Jones 4-for-27
Manny Machado 3-for-32
Nick Markakis 4-for-26
Nate McLouth 3-for-24
It hasn’t been a total team-wide slump. J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters haven’t gone stale this week. Even Danny Valencia, who had been incredibly hot, is 1-for-15.
It’s still a potent lineup, but it has been unusually quiet lately. It doesn’t help that against the Red Sox and Rays, they’ve faced top shelf pitching.
On Sunday, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon will send out Enny Romero, who’s making his major league debut against the Orioles. Romero was11-7 with a 2.76 ERA with Double-A Birmingham.
After today, we’ll be able to answer the question: Can Enny old Romero beat the Orioles?