Are we really a Coors Light commercial away from respectability? Yes. Yes we are. Now, my man Dennis…
Dennis, the Orioles have lost 6 straight, they have a 4-10 record in games decided by 1 or 2 runs, and two of the supposed strengths of the team (defense and bullpen), have been two glaring weaknesses.
And did I mention the bottom third of the batting order has the worst numbers in the majors? At last report it was 40 points lower than the next lowest American League team, and 28 points lower than the lowest in the National League (you know, the league that lets the pitchers go up to “hit”? Yup, we are worse than the worst they haveto offer, and not by a little bit). So, Mr. Green, your take on the 2009 Baltimore Orioles after 25 games?
(I think we all know where this is headed…)
“They are who we THOUGHT they were!”
Thank you Dennis, now please go back to gargling with broken glass and rock salt and get ready for the Monday Night Football radio broadcasts…
So anyway, the team looks like it is falling apart. People are already calling for an end to the Felix Pie Experiment (which would be an excellent band name, if I may say), our “#3″ starter (Alfredo Simon) is out for the year. One of the better relievers we have (Dennis Sarfate) is out with some kind of nerve / circulation issue in his pitching hand (and this could turn out to be a life / career altering kind of thing. Nerve and circulation issues are not to be treated lightly). Koji Uehara got chest bumped by a line drive and lost. They said he would be fine and make his next start, but if you have ever tried to breathe with a bruised sternum you know that exertion ain't that easy when you are feeling wheezy. Mark “Mad Storck Jr” Hendrickson is a great pitcher the first time through a lineup. After that it is BP time, apparently. At least Jeremy Guthrie seems to be turning it around (he has never been known as an April pitcher. His ERA drops something like a point and a half from April to May), and the top 3 in the lineup are playing out of their minds offensively. Adam Jones looks like he might just be a STUD for the next decade or so, and he is still learning.
It is not going to get any easier with the scuffling Rays looking at us coming in for a quickie 2 game series that they are surely thinking of as a way to continue their winning 3 of 4 from the Red Sox momentum before they go to New York for 2 and Boston for 3. But since they themselves are 4 games under .500 and 6.5 behind Toronto, I doubt they will be looking past us. And The Anointed One (Wieters) is not ready to save us yet, either. He is scuffling a bit at AAA, and has also been dealing with an injured hamstring, so he is a few weeks away at the least.
Hang on, kids. It is going to get worse before it gets better.
About the Author
Written by Ron Burr
Ron is a lifelong resident of Maryland and has been a passionate player and fan of sports for as long as he can remember. When he is not watching the games or explaining to his lovely wife why he is cursing at the television, he runs an improv/sketch comedy troupe, Drop Three. He can't hit a curveball or run a sub 4.5 40 yard dash, but he knows the games and loves talking about it with anyone. Differing opinions are welcome and encouraged!