Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Orioles.
seven -- runs batted in by
The Orioles were criticized for not acquiring a big bat this offseason, but on Opening Day, it didn’t look like they needed one. In a 7-4 win at
27 -- pitches seen by Matt Wieters on Opening Day.
The Orioles were patient at the plate against the Rays. They scored just two runs off ace
67.50 -- Jake McGee's ERA on Tuesday.
The Rays eroded the Orioles’ early two-run lead, but the Orioles quickly regained the lead with a big inning against McGee, who replaced Price for the start of the seventh inning. McGee allowed consecutive hits to
one -- career wins for
The 30-year-old right-hander came up through the Tampa Bay system and played his first three big league seasons with the Rays. But in his previous 31 appearances -- 11 of them starts -- at Tropicana Field, Hammel had not won a game. He changed that Tuesday with a quality start to open the season. Hammel allowed three runs on three hits over six innings. The Orioles were trailing, 3-2, when he left the game, but the Orioles scored those five runs in the top of the seventh to put him in position to get the win. Finally, Hammel got a 'W' at his old ballpark.
.231 -- Orioles' batting average with runners in scoring position.
It's hard to find too many flaws in this season-opening win against an