Blue Jays AL East Recap: Jays Fight to Stay in the Mix
Orioles struggle out West
Baltimore Orioles: 47-34
The Orioles faced a setback at the end of the week after enduring a four game sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners. The week started off well, as they dispatched the Padres in two games, but they couldn’t hold that momentum going into the weekend.
All four Orioles starters were handed the loss after failing to contain the Mariners offence. More surprising is the fact that the Orioles were outscored 31-14 over the weekend.
The normally dominant Orioles now sit only three games ahead of the second place Red Sox, and will look to get back into shape during this final week before the All-Star Break.
This week did see positives, though, as Mark Trumbo smashed his way to sole Home Run Lead with 24. Trumbo, combining with the rest of the offence, tied the MLB’s June Home Run Record.
While this was not the week the Orioles wanted to have, they still have plenty left in the tank to finish off the first half of the season with their AL East lead intact. Their biggest concern should be whether their rotation can handle the workload.
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