Across the Orioles’ first two homestands, The Baltimore Sun tracked 103 foul balls over 10 games that were hit out of play and into the reach of spectators to see where they landed. In those 10 contests, there were 470 foul balls total, according to MLB’s Statcast data, but the overwhelming majority never left the field, either because of the protective netting that stretches past the dugouts at Camden Yards or simply because they were hit into the field of play but not fair territory.
While the thrill is still fresh, it’s worth emphasizing how brilliant and dominant a performance John Means’s no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday really was. You knew that Means pounded the strike zone, but his command was truly elite. Of Means’s 113 pitches, 79 were strikes, a strike percentage of 70%.
Former New York Mets ace Matt Harvey continues his comeback on Friday when the Baltimore Orioles host the first-place Boston Red Sox. Harvey has won his last three starts, pitching at least five innings in each game and giving up three runs or less in each appearance. This will be the third time Harvey faces the Red Sox this season.