Five O’s stats that stand out

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Jon Me­oli

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The Ori­oles re­set be­fore an­other week on the road in Bos­ton and Detroit, pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to check in on some of the team’s most press­ing con­cerns — Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Tim Beck­ham, plus the bullpen and of­fen­sive ap­proach. Is Davis mak­ing good con­tact when he does? Is Beck­ham repli­cat­ing last Au­gust or Septem­ber? Has Machado’s luck turned?

These and more fol­low in the first edi­tion of five Ori­oles stats that stand out of 2018. – Davis broke out with a pair of hits Wed­nes­day for his first mul­ti­hit game of the sea­son. But more alarm­ing than his strike­outs and the con­cerns about his ap­proach will be the qual­ity of con­tact when he does con­nect. En­ter­ing Thurs­day, there were 186 bat­ters with at least 25 bat­ted ball events so far this sea­son. Only four had a lower av­er­age exit ve­loc­ity than Davis’ 81.8 mph, ac­cord­ing to Stat­cast. – The dif­fer­ence be­tween Beck­ham’s Au32.1gust

and Septem­ber in an Ori­oles uni­form was de­fined by two things — his strike­out rate and his ground­ball rate. In Au­gust, he drove pretty much ev­ery­thing while strik­ing out far less of­ten — 18.9 per­cent, as op­posed to a ca­reer rate near 30 per­cent. Those two things re­gressed from Sept. 1 on, and nei­ther in­di­ca­tor looks too good now. He struck out in 32.1 per­cent of his at-bats this year en­ter­ing the Red Sox se­ries. (Source: FanGraphs) – En­ter­ing Thurs­day’s games, the Ori­oles led the ma­jors in strike­outs by a wide mar­gin with 142 in 13 games. The next clos­est team, the San Diego Padres, had 127. (Sources: MLB.com, FanGraphs) – The Ori­oles bullpen has had an un­usual work­load this year, with three ex­tra-in­ning games and some short starts, but the team’s re­liev­ers also en­tered Thurs­day lead­ing the Amer­i­can League with 29 walks. (Sources: MLB.com, FanGraphs) – Machado’s sea­son is al­ready go­ing far bet­ter than last sea­son, and any num­ber on any of his sta­tis­ti­cal pages could be used to il­lus­trate that. The sim­plest one is his .368 bat­ting av­er­age on balls in play (BABIP), . (Source: FanGraphs)

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