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No Progress

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

A step forward, and then about a dozen back; that seems to be the motto of the Orioles these days. And if not the motto, then definitely their current approach.

Back out on the road, they have lost two straight at Texas prior to heading into tonight's series down in Washington. Brian Matusz was lit up last night and the bullpen could do no better as the team surrendered 13 runs over the game and raised their team ERA to new heights. I will give props to the Rangers for having a solid lineup but they whipped our behinds.

The AAA carousel goes round and round again. Alberto Castillo will be sent down - having been up for only a few days - to make room for Scott Moore who apparently will take over at 1B. The Atkins experiment appears over, thank you Lord. He is horrible at the plate and will go down as one of the biggest busts the Orioles have made in recent memory. If nothing else, at least we have earned the reputation as the best for most moronic free agent signings. Is there an award for that?

Statistically, we are not that bad. Last night's game notwithstanding, the Birds don't get blown out. They might blow saves but the margin of victory for the opponent is quite often minuscule. We rank 27th in the majors in runs scored and also in opponents' batting average. We are not in last place in any category that I could see but we are below the norm in most. That comes with having the worst record in pro baseball as you know.

With inter league play looming, this could be a prime time to improve. Going into 2009, only the Pirates had a worst record in AL/NL face offs. But after going well over .500 last year the Orioles made great strides in beating up on the senior circuit. Perhaps we can do it again, and it starts this weekend against the juggernaut BUGS.

My theory is if we are still flat by the end of June and more than 15 games under .500, you can say goodbye to Trembley & Co. Perhaps the return of Roberts and Pie to the team will ignite a spark under these guys. The momentum of improvement has flattened after the Cleveland series and disgust has seemed to take over again.

It is currently May 21. Still a lot of baseball left. Now is the time to prove it. Otherwise clean out your locker as you are fired. Hmmm, maybe I should be a GM?


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