No One Playing Worse than the Baltimore Orioles


Aug 31, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles right fielder Chris Davis (19) leaps and misses a double hit by Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe (not pictured) in the fifth inning a at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Have you been watching the Baltimore Orioles’ games lately? I’ll admit, I haven’t.

I turned on Monday night’s game as I got done running, only to watch Gerardo Parra strike out with the bases loaded.

I sadly shook my head and prepared to watch the rest of the game, despite the Orioles losing 3-0. But then, Wei-Yin Chen put runners on the corners and a double play scored a fourth run, and then a solo HR by Evan Longoria and my thoughts of watching the O’s vanished. They ultimately lost to the Rays, 6-3.

I just don’t understand. Sure, the Orioles are playing in a tough stretch right now. Sure, they are playing teams that are all league leaders or battling for a playoff start.

BUT SO ARE THE ORIOLES. Even though their season is done for all intents and purposes, the standings say otherwise.

Adam Jones went on a bit of a rant Sunday about how the team isn’t giving up and anyone who thinks they aren’t playing hard should be slapped. While I don’t want to doubt anyone’s effort, the effort on the field says otherwise.

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The Orioles have lost 11 of 12. They aren’t scoring runs, and they aren’t exactly keeping the other team off the board either.

I don’t know what to make of this team right now. It could be a chemistry issue, as I addressed here. It could be the fact this team just isn’t good enough, which seems far-fetched considering how quickly it has gone downhill.

I doubt it, but could the voice of Buck Showalter no longer be getting through to the players? 

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Regardless, I am concerned. The Orioles decided to be buyers, and not sellers, and are now preparing to lose numerous players at the end of the year.

I’m at a loss for words at this point. I don’t know what to say about this team.

Maybe you can help me find some words. What do you think the problem with this team is? Let me know, and we can continue the conversation in the comments!