It looks like the fat lady has sung in Baltimore. After a Houston win over Seattle Monday night and suffering a 15-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in game one of a Thursday doubleheader, the Baltimore baseball club no longer has the chance to punch a ticket for the postseason.
Up until late September, the O’s wild card chances still had some life. However, things began to take a turn for the worse in the final road series against the Red Sox. The subsequent games for the Orioles have shown offensive woes and defensive blunders. “It’s self-inflicted,” says manager Buck Showalter. In the last seven days the Orioles have struggled with a .216 team batting average.
On the mound, the highly anticipated return of starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez on Wednesday, whom dealt with tendinitis in the right shoulder did not go as Baltimore hoped, giving up four runs in three and 2/3 innings.
“I haven’t seen those in a while, the last couple years,” said Showalter referring to the packing boxes appearing in the locker room, marking the wind down of the Orioles season. Since Buck Showalter’s arrival in 2010, Baltimore has become accustomed progress season after season.
Despite the inevitable end of the season for the Baltimore Orioles, will play to the very end and not go without a fight. The Orioles will learn from this disappointing slump and take time during the off season to fill in the holes to come back stronger for next season.