With apologies to Mr. Jack Webb for the paraphrasing, it is time to take a look at just how woeful this team has been in the first 50 games (51 games to be precise. Basically a smidgen less than 1/3 of the season). To compare, we will look at the benchmark for horrible Oriole teams, namely the 1988 team (161 games total). I will skip the commentary until after said facts. So, without further ado…
1988 Orioles – .238 BA, .305 OBP, .664OPS. 137 HRs, and 517 RBIs. That works out to a 3.11 runs per game average with a home run every 1.2 games. They also grounded into 140 double plays, one every 1.15 games.
2010 Orioles – .249 BA, .312 OBP, .682 OPS. 44 HRs and 167 RBIs. Average of 3.28 runs per game, with a home run every 1.16 games. They have grounded into 56 double plays, or 1.1 per game.
- Pitching / Defense
1988 Orioles – 4.54 ERA, 1.433 WHIP, 1.36 SO/BB. 118 errors and a team fielding % of .981.
2010 Orioles – 4.66 ERA, 1.464 WHIP, 1.82 SO/BB. 29 errors and a team fielding % of .984.
Average team age: 1988 – 27.7, 2010 – 28.9 .
And now for the nitty gritty. After 50 games, the 1988 Orioles had a record of 11-39. That includes a 21 game losing streak to begin the season. The 2010 Orioles had a record of 15-35. A 4 game differential. The 2010 Orioles have NEVER lost a single game in between wins, a feat that the 1988 team pulled off 3 times in the first 50 games.
To be blunt, the 1988 team had a some big advantages. The 1988 Orioles were the only game in town. There was no Colts or Ravens off-season or training camp to steal attention and spending dollars. Not to mention that the Colts leaving was still fresh on the minds of fans, making them that much more apt to still support a losing team. The owner was Edward Bennett Williams, who was as beloved by the fans as Peter Angelos is reviled today. The team had just won a World Series 5 years ago, and had been known for 35 years as a model franchise. That gave the team some breathing room that 12 straight seasons without even sniffing the playoffs doesn’t give the 2010 team. And most importantly, there was no 24 hour news cycle, no internet, no ESPN covering and pounding their ineptitude in the fans’ faces over and over again. The 1988 team may have been a laughingstock and a punchline, but unless Johnny Carson made a crack in the opening monologue it wasn’t anything that the fans had to hear.
Boiling this all down, the fact is that almost all the numbers from this current team are eerily close to the numbers from the worst team in the history of the franchise. Their needs to be a wholesale change on this team. Someone needs to be held accountable for this lethargic play. Dave Trembley and Terry Crowley must go. Someone in the locker room needs to take charge and be the leader of this team, and this person needs to be someone who has the skills ON the field in order to take the lead in the clubhouse (and right now I don’t know who can do that. My best bet is Matt Wieters if he ever gets untracked at the plate). The 2010 Baltimore Orioles are a team in complete disarray, and it is more that past time to fix this.
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!