Stupid Humbug Stat Tricks - 'Sixteen Candles Torched their ERA' Edition
On the morning of August 22nd, the Orioles stood at 58-65, 16.5 games out of first in the AL East. They had been playing better (at least in terms of their record) under interim manager Dave Trembley. Their team ERA was 4.39, pretty respectable given the powerhouse offenses in the AL East. That day, the O's announced they were naming Trembley manager through the 2008 season.
What happened since then is a 16-game stretch of some of the worst pitching in the modern era. Of course there was the historic 30-3 drubbing at the hands of the Rangers, but its also included four other 10+ run games, and an 11-game streak of giving up at least five runs. Their season ERA is now 4.97.
Here is the sum total of the carnage, including last night's 7-6 loss to the Red Sox:
The last time any team gave up more than 156 runs in a 16-game stretch was June and July of 1999, when the Cubs surrendered 163 runs.
And in terms of the five runs or more streaks, the O's came close to the worst streak in the last 50 years.