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It Gets Uglier

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

Six games under .500; exactly where most people figured we would be at this point. Highest opponent batting average in MLB as well as dead last in runs allowed. Our team ERA is a miserable 5.60, and the only teams possibly worse than us overall are: Cleveland, Oakland, Houston, Colorado and the Washington Bugs. Crummy company wouldn't you say?

So after going 1-4 on the latest rad trip and sitting in the AL East basement at the moment, what do the Orioles have to show for themselves? Well, Brad Bergesen seems legit but other than that it is more negative than positive.

1) Errors and fielding gaffes are hurting us.
2) Bottom of the order just plain stinks.
3) Starting pitching can barely go 5 innings.
4) George Sherrill is or should be finished as the closer.
5) Felix Pie should not be our regular left fielder. Give to Montanez instead.

On a side note, I was up in my hometown of Scranton, PA over last weekend and I caught a AAA game between the Scranton Yankees and the Norfolk Tides. Matt Wieters looked a little slow and rubbery that day and the team had him in the DH role. Seems that the hamstring is not 100% yet, but he appears to be getting better with time. Hope to soon seem him behind the plate up here in Baltimore.

Starting tonight we have a long home stand with Minnesota, the Yankees, and then Tampa Bay. Got to start building up those wins now before the long haul of the summer sets in. Supporting a losing team takes more than patience. It takes dedication with is interspersed with lots of yelling and cussing. But in the end, true fans stick it out. Look at the Cubs and Phillies. They have not known a lot of winning over the years but there are fans from coast to coast for those clubs.

Let's hope our beloved Birds can get it together now or else it will begin to feel like every other season from the last decade. And the pain will always bother us until the wins are higher than the losses.


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