Stat of the Day: Mean, mean ERA machine

April 19th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Orioles this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

April 18: Rangers 1, Orioles 0 (10) -- He's a mean man
By pitching seven shutout innings against the Rangers on Sunday, Orioles left-hander John Means showed once again that he is the ace of the staff. He lowered his ERA from 2.16 to 1.52.

April 17: Orioles 6, Rangers 1 -- Freddy Gal-beast
In his last seven games, Orioles shortstop Freddy Galvis is 9-for-18 with seven runs scored. His batting average raised from .129 to .265 in that span.

April 16: Orioles 5, Rangers 2 -- Bullpen at its best
Four Orioles relievers pitched a combined four shutout innings and struck out seven hitters. Left-hander Paul Fry was the star of the 'pen, striking out three of the five hitters he faced.

April 15: Mariners 4, Orioles 2 (Game 1); Mariners 2, Orioles 1 (Game 2) -- O's bad DH luck continues
The Orioles have not fared well in doubleheaders since MLB changed the length of doubleheader games to seven innings. Thursday marked the fourth time Baltimore was swept in a doubleheader since the start of 2020. The O's are 2-10 in those contests.

April 13: Mariners 4, Orioles 3 (Game 1); Orioles 7, Mariners 6 (Game 2) -- Mullins' streak continues
By hitting safely in both ends of the Orioles' doubleheader against the Mariners, leadoff man Cedric Mullins extended his hitting streak to 15 games dating to last season. He also bumped his hit total through 11 games to 19 -- tops in the Majors. Mullins finished 2-for-6 with two walks on the day, and he is hitting .442.

April 11: Red Sox 14, Orioles 9 -- McKenna joins Machado with 1st MLB hit
Ryan McKenna joined some good company when he tripled off Nick Pivetta on Sunday for his first Major League hit. The outfielder became the first Oriole since Manny Machado in 2012 to record his first big league hit with a three-bagger. He is the fifth Oriole since 1974 to do it, joining Machado, Blake Davis, Matt Wieters and Cesar Devarez.

April 10: Red Sox 6, Orioles 4 -- Zimmermann's "debut 2.0"
Ellicot City native Bruce Zimmermann made his first home start in front of fans in Saturday's 6-4 extra-innings loss to the Red Sox. Zimmermann is the 28th Maryland-born player to appear for the Orioles in their history, and the 12th to start a game for them. The last Baltimore native to start on the mound for the O's before Zimmermann was Stevie Johnson in 2012.

April 8: Red Sox 7, Orioles 3 -- O's make swing-and-miss history
The Orioles are winning early in the year, but they are also whiffing. After striking out 14 times in their home-opening loss to the Red Sox, the O's punched out at least 13 times for the fifth consecutive game, becoming the first team in MLB history to do that. Baltimore's batters have been struck out 73 times during the streak.

April 7: Orioles 4, Yankees 3 (11) -- Means approaches Palmer record
By holding the Yankees to one run over 4 2/3 innings Wednesday, John Means became the first O’s pitcher with six straight starts allowing one earned run or fewer since Jim Palmer strung eight straight together in 1978. Palmer owns the franchise record. Means owns a 1.27 ERA in 35 1/3 innings during his streak.

April 6: Yankees 7, Orioles 2 -- Mullins extends leadoff streak
Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins has hit safely in each of his first five games. With his leadoff single in the first inning off Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole, Mullins has gone 4-for-5 in his first at-bat of the game to start the season. He is 11-for-21 (.524) with four runs and three doubles. Mullins is just the third Oriole to record at least 11 hits in their first five games to start a season, trailing only Adam Jones (12 in 2013) and Eddie Murray (12 in 1982).

April 5: Yankees 7, Orioles 0 -- Bumpy in the Bronx
The Yankees have been an especially difficult opponent for the Orioles during their rebuild. This was Baltimore's 11th straight loss at Yankee Stadium, matching the club's longest road losing streak vs. the Yanks. The O's also lost 11 straight in the Bronx across the 1955-56 seasons. They've scored one or zero runs in their past five games at Yankee Stadium, the longest such streak by any team at the venue.

April 4: Orioles 11, Red Sox 3 -- Mullins reaches 6 times
reached in all six plate appearances while recording the Orioles' first five-hit game since Trey Mancini on Sept. 24, 2019, notching three doubles, two singles and one walk. He is the first Oriole, and sixth player overall since 1952, to record five hits, three doubles and at least one walk in a game. The last was Indians catcher Kelly Shoppach against the Tigers on July 30, 2008.

Mullins is 9-for-13 to begin the season. His nine hits are the most by an Oriole through the first three games. The best was eight, by Billy Gardner (1957), Paul Blair ('75) and Brady Anderson ('97).

April 3: Orioles 4, Red Sox 2 -- Orioles come out of gate strong
The Orioles are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2017, and are now eying their first series sweep at Fenway Park since August 25-27 of that same year. The last time they opened the season with a three-game series sweep was in '16, when they did so at home against the Twins. The O's opened that season on a seven-game win streak, en route to an 89-73 record.

April 2: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 -- Means joins elite company
John Means was supposed to start Opening Day for the Orioles in 2020, but he missed the assignment with arm fatigue. He more than made up for it in Friday at Fenway Park, the same venue where Means made his MLB debut down the stretch in '18. He produced his finest start in the Majors, holding the Red Sox to one hit across seven shutout innings, striking out five and walking none.

Means became the first O’s pitcher to go seven-plus and allow one hit or less on Opening Day, and just the third on record to do that for any team without walking a batter in his team’s opener. The others? Jordan Zimmermann in 2019 and Irv Young in 1906.