The Orioles are stumbling back to Baltimore this weekend after a tough road trip. The O's went 3-7 and have now lost 11 consecutive road series. While I'm not one to kick a team when it's down, I couldn't help but share some notes brought to my attention this week.
Jeremy Guthrie has lost a major league leading 15 games. That's been well-reported. With two-thirds of the season over, he's on pace to lose roughly seven more. If that happens, Guthrie would break Don Larsen's Orioles record set in 1954 for most loses in a season. Larsen lost 21 games that year.
Also, Guthrie leads all of baseball with 46 loses from 2009-present. He's lost nine more games than Cleveland's Fausto Carmona, who is second on that list.
Considering Jeremy's 4.40 ERA in that time span, can we say he might be the most hard luck pitcher in baseball? Or is Guthrie responsible for that record considering he continues to lose despite revolving rosters behind him? Remember it took Bert Blyleven 14 ballots to get into the Hall of Fame, many feel, because of his poor win-loss record. So, to some degree, baseball culture does hold pitchers responsible for their records.
Mark Reynolds' 24 homers put him on pace to hit 37 bombs this year. If he reaches that total, he'd set a franchise record for homers by a third baseman, previously set by Tony Batista in 2002 (31). See, I sprinkled a little sunshine in there.
Unfortunately - cue the clouds - Reynolds is just one error away from tying Brooks Robinson's 1958 record for the most errors by a third baseman in O's history. To Reynolds' credit, after making 20 errors in his first 79 games this season, he's made just one error in the last 27 games.
Speaking of errors, despite making just two errors in his first 76 games, J.J. Hardy has made an error in three of his last five games. Still, Hardy has the best fielding percentage for all AL shortstops, so nobody is too worried about one rough road trip for him.
Hardy is just a small part of the O's defensive problems on the road. The Birds committed 12 errors in 10 games. What's worse is those errors were good for 16 unearned runs.
The O's last road series win came May 15th in Tampa. The team's last series win (home or road) came June 26th against Cincinnati.
On the homestand, the O's will face the Blue Jays, White Sox and Tigers. We've had some long Augusts and Septembers in Baltimore, but this year seems harder to swallow. Not only were fans expecting to see improvement, they definitely weren't expecting to see franchise-worst records broken.
In all fairness, none have been broken - yet.