In the 10 months or so that executive vice president Dan Duquette has been on the job, there’s been a couple areas he has stressed more than anything else.
One is that he wanted to discover undervalued assets. Acquire players that can help the team win but weren't getting an opportunity for one reason or another.
Consider that goal met with the contributions of
His other talking point for much of his brief tenure has been the need to find hitters who can get on base at a high clip. Duquette is an unabashed on-base percentage chaser, no question.
They have just two regulars with an OBP higher than a respectable .350: the injured
Duquette's premise that you have to get on base to score is certainly valid. But apparently you don't have to get on base to win – so long as you have the pitching.
Consider that the following playoff contenders, besides the Orioles, are all in the bottom half of OBP:
But the Orioles and White Sox have one other ingredient that can offset poor OBP numbers and average ERAs.
Chicago is second in the AL in home runs hit and the Orioles are third. So we'll amend Duquette's philosophy a tad. You can't score if you don't get on base -- unless you hit the ball so far the other team can't catch it.