Thursday, October 1, 2009

So, 13-Game Losing Streak......

It is never a good thing when the hometown football team has more wins in two weeks than the baseball team does. In fact the Ravens have two more: in the last 14 days before today, the Ravens are 2-0, the Orioles are 0-13. After it looked like the Orioles would be heading towards a 65+ win season, the team is now in dangerous position to lose 100 games. To avoid that perilous number, the Orioles would have to go 3-1 in their final four games, even though the roster is being held together with bubble gum and tape. They complete their series against Tampa Bay tonight then return home for the final series against Toronto.

The missing players on the roster: Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, Felix Pie, possibly Luke Scott, Chris Tillman, Brian Matusz, Kam Mickolio, Brad Bergeson, Bob McCrory, among others. George Sherrill, Aubrey Huff, Gregg Zaun, and Oscar Salazar had already been traded.

Personally the Orioles should be happy Dave Trembley is keeping his cool and trying to focus on his job despite constant pressure from fans and the 13-game losing streak. Andy MacPhail has said he will evaluate Trembley's job status at the end of the season, but it is hard to see if anyone could win with this team right now. Obviously losing 13 games straight, the longest since 2004, is a disaster, but no manager in the league could do much better right now.

It would be in the Orioles' best interests to play their best the rest of the way. The fan base was lost nearly all interest due to the losing and the Ravens huge start. And really, the only thing the O's have to play for is to avoid 100 losses. It is hard watching the team go out this way, but 12 years of losing seasons in a row, most of us are not surprised.

(Photo credit: AP)

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