Well, after yesterday's horrible loss, I aim to depress you more. So get the prozac ready.
Since 2007, the Orioles are 14-22 on the West Coast. And starting tonight, they are back on the West Coast to face the Angels for 3 games and then the Mariners for 3.
Can you say 1-5?
At some point, the Orioles are going to have to play well on the West Coast if they want to be a competitive team, just like they'll have to play better against the Red Sox and Yankees at some point and play better in August and September at some point.
But yet the Orioles aren't making any big strides in that department.
You'd think that with good young talent like Brad Bergesen, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold and Matt Wieters on the team that the Orioles would improve their overall record. But on July 2nd they are 35-43 and a whopping 13 games out of first place.
Is it 2002? 2003? Or 2009? I can't tell judging by the standings.
What exactly has changed from years past when Jeff Conine and Jay Gibbons were batting clean-up? When Rodrigo Lopez was our "ace"?
I don't know. The Orioles are still a bad team. I thought they'd be a little better than this once they got infused with some top young talent in the form of Reimold and Wieters. But since Wieters has been called up, the team is 12-17 and Wieters has not yet found any consistency at the plate or behind it.
OK, this is not all Wieters' fault. Simply put, the Orioles still stink because they are a bad team. They can't close out games they should win. They can't get all 3 parts of the team (hitting, starting rotation and bullpen) on the same page.
They just tease you with extended periods of good baseball balanced out by equal periods of bad baseball.
So it looks like more bad baseball is to come as the Orioles head out west. Maybe they don't like jet lag. Who knows.
One this is for sure is that these next 6 games are going to be as painful as watching the O's lose a game to the Red Sox in which they had a 5-1 lead going into the 9th inning.
That is all.