Sunday, April 17, 2011
Trying to find the words...
Well, here we are again. It's a new season, with many new players, a (kinda) new manager and yet the results are still the same. After a quick 6-1 start to the season the Orioles have lost 7 in a row and appear to be back in the same old Orioles funk that they get into year after year.
It is still early, yes, but you don't have to be a calculus major to see where this is headed.
However, I do believe this year is different. At least it was supposed to be different. I mean, we added some good players. Buck Showalter was demanding better performance. We got off to a good start...
So why am I back here, trying to grasp in the dark for some words to put down in a blog about the Orioles?
I guess you could say that all teams, good or bad, go through losing streaks. But seven games in a row? That is the kind of thing to be expected from the Orioles of the past -- the ones with little talent on their roster and a manager in the dugout who no one respected. This year the Orioles were supposed to avoid extended losing streaks through better pitching and more beef in their line-up. Yet so far the pitching has been hit or miss, especially in the bullpen, and the hitting, especially 3-6 in the line up where no one has an OPS above .700, has been downright dreadful.
In short, it's the same old Orioles -- doing what they can to lose games they could easily win.
Thankfully, the Twins limp to town with a line-up that lacks star sluggers Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. And if ever there was a time to right the ship, it would be back at home where the Orioles play their next ten games against Minnesota, New York and Boston.
So where do you think this season is headed? Another hapless near-100 loss season? Or is this team different, and we just haven't seen them get on the same page yet?
I really don't know. But I don't have a lot of faith in the Baltimore Orioles right now. They really need to start showing me something, and fast.