Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Set your watch

The Orioles have become so predictable that it's not even funny anymore. You could set your watch by them.

April: Get off to a decent start
May: Continue that decent start to give fans hope
June: Be lucky to win 7 games all month
July: Bounce back a little, give fans reason to watch
August & September: Suck relentlessly.

And here we are again. It's late August, and the Orioles are in the middle of a 7-game losing streak.

Ironically, the Orioles haven't won a game since they removed the interim tag from Dave Trembley and announced that he would be the manager next season.

I wonder if they wish they would have waited until the end of the season.

Ya think?

I'm not saying that Dave Trembley is the problem. Even Connie Mack wouldn't be able to get this team to perform better. But the Orioles should have waited until the season ended to review the field of available managers and go from there. Now they've tied themselves to Trembley for a year, and contributed to the Orioles horrible play these last 7 games.

As for the team itself, they ought to be ashamed like a child who has returned home after being caught stealing. Especially the bullpen, which is shaping up to be the second worst bullpen in baseball for the second year in a row. Whatever Flanagan and Duquette did last season, it didn't work. Maybe the Orioles should have a "See what we did with the bullpen" night where they flush $42 million down a toilet during the 7th inning stretch. That'll get me out to the yard.

This offseason, changes better be in order. MacPhail needs to offer up everyone in a trade. Even Markakis. (Waits for gasps to end) It's time to change the make-up of this team and start over.

Maybe they shouldn't even be called the Orioles anymore.

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