Baltimore Orioles Digging Themselves a Hole, But Have Plenty of Time to Recover

By David Atlas
Chris Tillman & Dave Wallace
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After Saturday’s 7-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers, the Baltimore Orioles are 1-4 and fans are becoming restless. More importantly, they’re digging themselves quite a hole in the race for an AL East crown and must right the ship or their season could go down like the Titanic.

The cliché that it’s still early is very much relevant, but if Baltimore keeps losing games, they may have a difficult time getting back into the race. With Chris Tillman set to take the mound tomorrow against the Tigers, Buck Showalter will turn to his ace to snap the Orioles’ four-game losing streak.

While a 1-4 start isn’t the end of the world, many of the Baltimore faithful have already lost confidence in the team, but that really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the team hasn’t lost confidence in themselves and a small winning streak would change everything.

After losing two of three games to the Boston Red Sox, who are defending World Champions, the Orioles’ plane got delayed and the team didn’t arrive to their hotel in Detroit until 4:30 a.m., and then played in awful weather that same afternoon. The point being made is that while the Orioles have indeed gotten off to a slow start, it’s not time to panic.

Not to mention the fact that Manny Machado hasn’t stepped a foot on the field yet and he completely changes the look of the Orioles’ lineup.

While panicking would be the natural response from fans, they should give it time and wait to see if the Orioles can right their ship and begin winning games. The season is long; just like the 4-1 Miami Marlins likely won’t keep their winning pace up, the Orioles also won’t keep their pace of losing up. Expect a turnaround as this team is not known to be a group of quitters, as demonstrated by their gallant five-run ninth inning to close the gap on the Tigers during Saturday’s loss. Buck Showalter will make sure of it.

David Atlas is a Baltimore Orioles writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter (@DavidAtlasRants) or add him to your circles on Google+.

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