Orioles catch Indians in middle of slump

Orioles catch Indians in middle of slump
September 3, 2013, 9:45 am
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Was it that Jason Kipnis was less impressed by Bud Norris or his team’s bats? It appears to be the latter.

After the Orioles’ 7-2 victory over the Indians on Monday, the O’s were praising Norris for his performance — seven innings, four hits, one run, eight strikeouts, one walk. The Cleveland second baseman, however, said it was a matter of facing a club that hasn’t been getting it done at the plate lately.

"He had a scheduled start against our offense. That's about it right now," Kipnis said, via mlb.com.

Counting Monday’s loss, the Indians have dropped six of seven. They have scored two or fewer runs in five of those defeats. As a team, the Indians are hitting .222 over the past week.

What does that mean for the Orioles? There a couple of ways to look at it. One, the O’s are fortunate to be  catching a slumping team at a time when they are making a run  at a wild-card spot. Or two, having gone through this prolonged down time, the Indians could break out at any moment. For the season, the Indians are hitting .251 and averaging about 4.5 runs, so the past week is uncharacteristic. But the Orioles can hope the Indians stay out of character at least until after they leave Cleveland on Wednesday night.