The news that the Baltimore Orioles are seeking more hitting is puzzling to me. They have claimed Minnesota Twins’ Josh Willingham and Seattle Mariners’ Michael Morse off of waivers and are in negotiations for both. The idea that they would need to add more hitting at this point is ridiculous to me. Nothing against Morse or Willingham because they are both very good hitters when they are on but the Orioles already have a slew of good hitters. They have no problem scoring in double digits so why would they need more?
Chris Davis alone is worth what both of these guys could do and they are likely to only bring in one of them. I understand that they could always use more hitting but that doesn’t fix the problem for this team and why they are falling towards the bottom of the division like they have a rock tied to their ankle. That might be a tad dramatic but you get the point.
The issue with this team isn’t hitting, it’s pitching. They have lost 8 consecutive one run games and now have lost the first two of the series with the Boston Red Sox. Why did they lose? They lost the last one because they couldn’t hold on to the lead. Bullpen help is direly needed at this point but another bat would accomplish nothing.
If anything it would make the score a little higher when they face those teams that they can already crush. Teams like the Red Sox who shut them down are the ones they need to beat. They cannot do that with more hitting. They need better pitching in the bullpen. Without it they can add all the hitters they want and it will not matter in the end.