Can The Orioles Handle The Heat?

Since summer began on June 20, the Orioles are 2-5.  Just as the expectations have heated up in Baltimore for the O’s, so too have the temperatures.  It was 92 degrees at first pitch on Thursday, according to a quick glance at my iPhone, tonight it will be 102 degrees at 7 PM.

Former Orioles catcher Rick Dempsey has often said that Baltimore was the hardest place he ever played.  The Demper spent four decades in baseball and now as a broadcaster he says that Baltimore was the toughest place to stay conditioned because of the grueling heat during the summer months.  Though Texas may have higher temperatures, Rick argues that the humidity in Charm City is difficult to prepare for.

The O’s have lost 7 of their last 10 and just rolled through two of their starters that everyone expected could stop the bleeding.  Jason Hammel, arguably an All-Star this season, gave up eight earned runs over 3 1/3 innings pitched against the Angels.  Wei-Yin Chen, Baltimore’s biggest surprise of the season, gave up six earned runs over 6 1/3 innings pitched against the Indians.

Two guys that have never had to endure the Baltimore weather for a full season.

While weather surely cannot be blamed for the cold streak of the Orioles lineup, which has certainly contributed in their most recent skid, it certainly can’t help.  Winning seasons are full of losing streaks, but the good teams control them, climb out of them and put together a series of good baseball.  My concern is that not only do the Orioles have to put this ugly streak behind them, but they also have to battle the elements.

I guess the good news is that the O’s spend the majority of July on the road.  The bad news is that they face the Angels for four games, the Tigers for three, the Rays for three and the Yankees for two.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

5 Comments

  1. musicmanjr

    June 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    The premise “Baltimore was the toughest place to stay conditioned because of the grueling heat…” cannot lead to the conclusion [or headline] that the Orioles can’t handle the heat.

    The fact that the O’s play half their games in the “heat” should be an advantage. It should be particularly difficult for ‘Dome Teams’ like the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays to compete in the hot, humid Baltimore summers.

    The Orioles can’t win because they have the least productive lineup in the American League, period.

  2. spy

    June 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    The O’s can’t win because Angelos has put together an average team , at best………….how about bringing in some top tier players , I bet they would produce in the heat,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    I remember some of Earl’s teams playing pretty well in the summertime , what a bunch of crap…………

  3. MGW

    June 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    20 consecutive games after the All Star break will in all likelihood crush this team. The Orioles had two such streaks of consecutive games without a day off. I doubt the Yankees have that type of schedule.

    • spy

      July 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

      I agree,,,,,, very astute MGW , the o’s need legitimate help to get through this , will they get it……….

  4. spy

    July 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I agree here also,,,,,these guys know how to put a webb site together , it’s a shame more fans do not follow it , it is one of the best put together sites the Md. fans have,,,,,,,,,GOOD JOB GUYS………………