Hideki Okajima had a 1.59 ERA when the Orioles arrived in town last week for a series with the Red Sox. By the end of the weekend his ERA was 4.70.
Okajima recorded a hold Friday despite allowing two hits and an earned run in two-thirds of an inning. On Sunday the O’s pinned him with a blown save after he allowed three hits and two runs, both on Miguel Tejada’s home run, in 1.1 innings pitched.
Believe it or not, this was business as usual for Okajima and the Birds.
Tejada has a .571 average, 1.429 slugging percentage, two home runs, and three RBI in seven plate appearances against Okajima. Meanwhile, Okajima’s career ERA against the Orioles is 6.23. The O’s have posted 18 runs against him in 27 games, the most of any team.
The Orioles also have the highest average (.280), most hits (28), and second-most doubles (7) and home runs (3) against Okajima in the lefty’s brief career.
Perhaps Okajima is auditioning for a spot in the O’s bullpen.