O’s pitching staff fastest ever to allow 100 HRs

O’s pitching staff fastest ever to allow 100 HRs


BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles have reached the century mark.

On Tuesday, the Orioles surrendered their 100th home run of the season, making them the fastest to ever reach that mark. They achieved the dubious distinction in the fifth inning, when New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier drilled a three-run shot to dead center against O’s starter David Hess. The roundtripper, which traveled 411 feet and gave New York a 9-0 lead, was Frazier’s second of the night and the third allowed by Hess in the game.

Baltimore’s pitching staff, which was working its 48th game this season, reached triple digits nine games faster than the 2000 Kansas City Royals, who allowed their 100th home run in their 57th contest. The O’s are on pace to surrender 338 homers this year, which would shatter the current record of 258, held by the 2016 Cincinnati Reds.

The Orioles aren’t the only ones serving up gopher balls at a record clip this year though. The Seattle Mariners, who’ve allowed 87 homers in 51 games, are also on pace to surpass the ’16 Reds. Overall, MLB hitters are homering in 3.4 percent of all plate appearances, up from 3.0 percent last season.

More than half of the roundtrippers the Birds have given up this season have been hit by the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins. In 10 games against Baltimore, New York hitters have gone deep 29 times, including 20 times in five contests at Camden Yards. The Twins have 23 bombs in six games against the O’s.

Entering play on Tuesday, the Orioles ranked last in the majors with a 5.63 ERA. They owned a .319 winning percentage (15-32) that was second worst, behind the Miami Marlins.

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May 21, 2019 at 06:41PM


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