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Crashing and Burning

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

Where should I begin? The 5 game losing streak? Perhaps being ranked 29th in the majors in runs allowed, opponent batting average, HRs allowed and ERA? And losing our starting shortstop for a few weeks hurts too.

On the positive side, we are ranked in the top 10 in HRs as a team, we have Matt Wieters, and we are better than the Washington Bugs. Got to find the silver lining somewhere I guess.

It is now June. The Orioles, despite winning 7 of 8 at one point recently are still well entrenched in the AL East basement. And after the Mariners we have three weeks of playing teams from the NL East. Historically, the Orioles are the second worst team in terms of interleague record since it started in 1997. Only the dreadful Pirates sit below us.

With the Mets and Braves at home followed by trips to Philadelphia and Florida, it does not bode well for the Birds. A pitching staff who seemingly forgot how to throw combined with the silent bats is poison for a club who wished to make some noise. Markakis, Huff, and Roberts are all in slumps and our starters cannot get out of the first inning lately. Please hand me my blood pressure medication now, and we are not at the All-Star break yet.

Can it get worse? Or will we improve? Is it the fault of the manager or the pitching coach or the front office? Will fans stay away?

Who knows what the next three months hold for our team. Nobody would have predicted a Phillies and Tampa Bay World Series either but it came to fruition. Until we are mathematically out of it, we are still in it. Keep that mindset and that is the first victory.

N.B. - Former Oriole Milt Pappas is appearing at Sports Legends Museum this weekend in case anyone is interested.


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