The drama surrounding the injury to great young third baseman Manny Machado and the aftermath is almost like the season for the Baltimore Orioles. It didn’t have to happen if all the parts of the foot and the shoe worked correctly with the field and the dirt. But considering that things went badly for the knee, it could have been so much worse. That is the way the season was for the Orioles.
They frankly should have been much better than they were. If everything worked together the way it should have and all of the starting pitchers had great years, they would have made the playoffs fine. Unfortunately their pitching staff struggled for most of the season. There was little consistency and considering how badly things were for the pitching side of the team for parts of the season, their record could have been so much worse. Luckily they had one of the best offenses in the game and because of that they almost snuck into the wildcard picture.
Going forward it seems pretty clear what the Orioles need to do. They have to balance the great offense with a much improved pitching staff. Obviously they know that and neither the GM nor the owner have a magic wand to just make it happen. The good news is that they could have a couple of young guys emerge next season. Outside of a much improved pitching core, they will fight the same fight they did this year all season long in 2014.