Orioles' pitchers make the wrong kind of history
Added 08-23-19 08:31:02pm EST - “With more than a month remaining in the regular season, the Baltimore Orioles have set the major league record for most home runs allowed. When Tampa Bay's Austin Meadows homered off of Asher Wojciechowski yesterday, it was the 259th…” - Powerlineblog.com
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With more than a month remaining in the regular season, the Baltimore Orioles have set the major league record for most home runs allowed. When Tampa Bay’s Austin Meadows homered off of Asher Wojciechowski yesterday, it was the 259th home run allowed by the Birds’ staff this season. That surpassed the record set in 2016 by the Cincinnati Reds.
How did the Orioles break this record after only 128 games? Balls are flying out of major league parks at an incredible pace this season. The ball is probably “juiced.” But the next most generous staff when it comes to yielding home runs, Seattle’s, has given up “only” 217.
David Hess is the biggest culprit. He has given up 28 bombs. And here’s the amazing part: Hess has spent a considerable portion of the season in the minor leagues. His 28 homers have come in only 75 innings.
But on a per inning basis, Dan Straily is even worse. He was touched up for 22 home runs in just 47.2 innings.
The New York Yankees deserve plenty of credit for the Orioles’ record. They contributed 61 of the 259 homers yielded, more than twice the number of the Boston Red Sox, who have hit the second most.
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