I refuse to call the Orioles two losses in a two game series to the Padres “a sweep,” but their three losses over the weekend to the Rays certainly qualifies. However you look at it, the Birds have lost a season high five straight games and are now just three games above .500 at 23-20, the fewest since they were 12-9 on April 24.
Yeah, this thing has gotten pretty ugly. But let’s try to keep it in perspective.
Last season the O’s had a six game losing streak between May 26 and June 1. They lost 10 of 13 between June 18 and July 2 and six of seven between July 7 and July 17. Somehow they still managed to win 93 games.
Losing streaks happen, they’re a part of baseball.
The World Series champion San Francisco Giants and American League champion Detroit Tigers both had a five game losing streaks last season. In 1983, the Birds had two separate seven game losing streaks. Yet they defied the odds and won the whole damn thing in October.
The Orioles’ starting pitching is admittedly concerning. For just the second time in eight games the O’s had a starter record an out in the sixth inning. Both times, that guy was Chris Tillman.
But let’s not forget that the Orioles have their number two and three starters, Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez, on the disabled list. Chen was 3-3 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.204 WHIP and 2.25 K/BB when he landed on the disabled list with a strained oblique on May 13. Gonzalez was 2-2, with a 4.58 ERA, 1.415 WHIP and 1.57 K/BB when he was placed on the DL on May 4 with a thumb blister.
Recent history has made some Orioles fans think the end is near when the team hits in rut during the marathon that is the baseball season. It’s understandable, but the Orioles have too much talent for me to believe they’ll take a nosedive and finish in the bottom of the standings. The concerns are real, but there are solutions for the O’s problems.
Just try to be patient and wait this thing out. Good teams climb out of these type of holes.