It’s a 6 game losing streak and the O’s aren’t doing anything right.
The Orioles aren’t going to win 100 games, but losing games 5-4 or 4-3 is simply not acceptable with such a strong lineup. Five of the Orioles losses during the streak have been by 2 or less runs.
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When the rotation isn’t losing games for the O’s, they need to win. So if the current lineup isn’t cutting it then it’s time to shake things up.
The top third of the lineup is tearing up pitchers. Roberts, Jones, and Markakis are all hitting over .300. However, the Orioles have the worst lower third in all of baseball including national league teams where the pitcher bats.
What about Zaun? He was brought in to fill the position before Matt Wieters arrives and was suppose to help manage a poor rotation. While Zaun is stopping a lot of balls he isn’t throwing many people out and his offense hasn’t been great either. Let’s put Chad Moeller in there, he’s hitting .259 and had a few big hits on Wednesday against the Angels.
Ty Wigginton has been another disappointment. I don’t want to give up on him. But there’s a guy named Nolan Reimold who is tearing Norfolk down. Wiggy is hitting .202 and Reimold is hitting .390 with 8 homeruns in AAA.
6 games is just too much, it’s time to shake things up in Baltimore.