On the Orioles Hangout Message Board, the poster 'section18' started a thread titled: "Is Anyone Almost Speechless Trying To Describe The Current Orioles?" (http://forum.orioleshangout.com/forums/showthread.php/112385-Is-Anyone-Almost-Speechless-Trying-To-Describe-The-Current-Orioles)
My response was what else is there to say really?
I was certainly optimistic heading into this season. I predicted an end to the consecutive years of losing with a 83 win season. That was more optimistic than most, but not that far removed from the 78 average wins of the 20+ baseball writers we interviewed prior to the season.
The Baltimore Orioles enter the All-Star break at 36-52, 18 games out of 1st. After being within a game of .500 on June 10th (30-31), they have managed to go 6-21 entering the break. You really have to work hard to be that bad. The O's got Matusz back June 1st, and I thought that would give the O's the push they needed to get up and over .500. Instead he is back in AAA.
There was disappointment in the lack of overdraft spending in the Amateur draft, and continuing disappointment in what we do Internationally.
The main core the O's are building around (Markakis, Jones, Wieters, Matusz, Britton, Arrieta) all have positives about them, but all have plenty of questions as well. Roberts played the first 39 games, but now has dealt with a 2nd concussion in a short amount of time. There are still 2 years and $20M left on his contract.
I like what Reynolds and Hardy have added to the O's, but even with Hardy's optimism of a getting a contract extension done during the break; I'm not sure it happens.
There remains plenty to watch during the 2nd half, and particularly over the next few weeks prior to the non-waiver deadline, but this horrible stretch of play has been just disgusting to see.
There really is nothing left to say until we see the O's commit to some course of action.
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