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With a runner on third and less than two outs, or a 2-0 count, the batter should shrink the strike zone and be looking for a ball to drive in the air, until two strikes. Our hitters consistently swing at pitches below the strike zone, which are not pitches to drive.

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With a runner on third and less than two outs, or a 2-0 count, the batter should shrink the strike zone and be looking for a ball to drive in the air, until two strikes. Our hitters consistently swing at pitches below the strike zone, which are not pitches to drive.

Oops. Wrong inning for this.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Orioles?src=hash">#Orioles</a> were 5-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the 5th inning.</p>— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) <a href="

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With a runner on third and less than two outs, or a 2-0 count, the batter should shrink the strike zone and be looking for a ball to drive in the air, until two strikes. Our hitters consistently swing at pitches below the strike zone, which are not pitches to drive.

Maybe so but the team just took 2 of 3 from the Yankees. That should count for something.

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To call on one specific case, Schoop's K in the 4th was a TRULY horrible at-bat. Sac fly situation and after getting ahead 1-0 you swing through three consecutive almost identical shin-high change-ups. Luckily the wild pitch bailed him out, and later he contributed to the big rally. But that particular AB was cringe-inducing.

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To call on one specific case, Schoop's K in the 4th was a TRULY horrible at-bat. Sac fly situation and after getting ahead 1-0 you swing through three consecutive almost identical shin-high change-ups. Luckily the wild pitch bailed him out, and later he contributed to the big rally. But that particular AB was cringe-inducing.

Reason is they try to change their approach to drive in the run but they can not and should not cause they players like Schoop do not have that skill set as of yet.

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The Orioles are doing a very poor job this year, compared to past seasons, in getting runners home when they are on 3B with less than 2 out. They are at 46% compared to 51% league average. Interestingly, our best performer in that category is Adam Jones, who has gotten the job done 76% of the time, which is truly outstanding. Hardy also has been very good, at 59%. Everyone else is at 50% or below. Schoop (33%) and Davis (37%) have been particularly bad.

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