Orioles still slumping in scoring situations

Orioles still slumping in scoring situations
September 16, 2013, 9:45 am
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(Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)

The Orioles have continued on their skid at the plate with runners in scoring position. Over the past 22 games, they have hit .216 (37-for-171) in RISP situations (stats via mlb.com). So it’s not surprising they are 10-12 over that stretch.

"It's not like all year we've been bad. Comparatively speaking in the major leagues, we're close to the top," manager Buck Showalter said, as quoted by mlb.com. "But I know it's, 'What have you done for me lately?' I, as a manager, can't live in that world. You will lose guys in a heartbeat in that 'What have you done for me lately' world. It doesn't mean there's not a sense of urgency with it."

Showalter is correct — to an extent — on how the team has performed overall this season with runners in scoring position. The Orioles' .268 batting average ranks fifth in the majors. However, their on-base percentage of .330 ranks 19th.

By the way, the Cardinals top the majors with .328/.402, and the Tigers are best in the American League at .283/.361.