With one day remaining in June, the Baltimore Orioles will be sitting a game out of first place in the AL East behind the Blue Jays. In the last week, the Orioles have been unable to seize opportunities to close the gap between themselves and Toronto, as they have continued to lose the same days as the Blue Jays.
As a whole, the O’s have gone 15-11 in the month of June, with their longest winning streak being just three games on two separate occasions. The month showed a lot about the Orioles, both good and bad.
– Top prospect Kevin Gausman has become a staple in the rotation, and over his last four games has gone 3-1.
-Slugger Nelson Cruz still sits atop the league in both home runs and RBI’s, despite a colder hitting month for him than in May.
-Adam Jones is still an All-Star. Jones was on fire throughout the month of June, hitting .340 with eight home runs, and is second in the AL in total hits.
-Manny Machado’s Oakland A’s incident was a negative for the birds. Machado’s temper flare against the A’s will cost him fives games in a suspension he will soon serve.
-The pitching is still the weak point of the team. The lineup has been able to put up numbers on as consistent of a basis as any other team in the league, but the pitchers (both starting and relief) have struggled. For a short time the starters seemed to be on fire, but as a whole the staff has been down.
-Catcher Matt Wieters was lost for the season due to Tommy John Surgery.
Overall, June was a successful month for the O’s, and a key one at that as the Orioles featured two major home stands in the month. June gave the organization plenty of things to look forward to for the rest of the season as well.
The Birds are very much in the hunt for the AL East pennant, even while underachieving. The Orioles finish their pre-all star break schedule with games against the Rangers, Red Sox, Nationals, and Yankees and will look to take sole possession of first place before the break.
Pitcher Dylan Bundy has begun pitching in the minor leagues and has been absolutely lights out, with three consecutive shutouts. Bundy will rise through the minors and if all goes well, will hopefully be able to help the team in the majors shortly.
Lastly, there is still the Trade Deadline to come and the Orioles could, and should, definitely be a team looking to make a move to put them over the top before the deadline arrives.
The Orioles have certainly been consistent throughout the season and as long as that continues, they will remain strong contenders for the AL East crown for the remainder of the season.