Several teams' pitchers outhitting Orioles' DHs thus far

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Orioles DH woes
Clayton Kershaw and some of his pitching brethren are outhitting O's DHs like Nolan Reimold. (Getty/USATSI)

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Obligatory preface: It's early.

OK, that's out of the way. But thus far in the season, the Baltimore Orioles are badly struggling to get any sort of production out of their designated hitter spot (hat-tip to School of Roch).

Through 14 games and 53 plate appearances, the Orioles have gotten three hits, six walks and one extra-base hit from the DH spot.

Of the 20 teams that have had pitchers bat so far this season, 16 have gotten a higher batting average from their pitchers than the Orioles have from the DHs. Eleven teams' pitchers have a higher on-base percentage, and 12 have a higher slugging percentage.

In fact, if we weed out minuscule samples (because all samples are still "small") and use only teams with at least 30 pitcher plate appearances, we still get seven teams better in all three rate stats. Check it out:

Baltimore DH vs. NL pitchers
Baltimore DH53.064.170.128

Related: Mark Reynolds is hitting .250/.306/.659 with five homers and 13 RBI in 12 games for Cleveland. Just sayin'.

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