The Baltimore Orioles are officially below .500 for the first time since late in the 2011 season and wow, do they look terrible. At 26-27, the Orioles find themselves only 4.5 games back of the first place Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East. But, what’s more worrying is how the Orioles are playing, not where they find themselves in the standings.
Numbers will tell you a lot about a team, but you can’t fully understand how a team’s season is going unless you actually watch them play. Many refer to this as the “eye-test” and by almost all accounts of the eye test, the Orioles are failing miserably. Granted the eye test is very subjective, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who could honestly tell you that Baltimore is playing well.
Losers of four straight and seven out of their last 10, the Orioles are falling fast and many people are insisting something has to be done before they dig themselves their own grave, but making a trade for a guy like Jeff Samardzija isn’t the solution. Why? For starters, Samardzija is one of the most overrated players in baseball right now, but the real reason is because Baltimore isn’t clicking and making a huge trade won’t help that.
On nights where the offense produces, the pitching is nonexistent, and when the pitching is solid, the offense is nowhere to be found. No trade in the world will solve that problem.
The fact of the matter is the Orioles are collectively in a slumpl nothing is going their way right now and the only thing they can do about it is to wait and try to weather the storm until their fortunes turn around. Rather slump now than in September. There are still over 100 games remaining, and the Orioles are well within striking distance of first place.
It’s not time to panic – not yet anyway, the Orioles aren’t this bad. You’ll see.