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April 12, 2010

Eerily familiar?


The Orioles once again received a good pitching performance by their starter. And it didn’t change the outcome.

This time, it was Jeremy Guthrie, allowing three runs on eight hits and no walks in seven innings in the Orioles’ 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

It was the Orioles’ fourth straight defeat – all at home -- and sixth in seven games this season.

The Orioles’ starters’ ERA is a very respectable 3.89. Those starters are 1-4.

The Orioles have scored three runs in their past three games – all, by the way, have been played without Brian Roberts, the offense’s catalyst who was put on the disabled list Monday.

They have scored three or fewer runs in five of seven games this season. And it’s not getting any easier.

 Dan Connolly


Posted by Dan Connolly at 9:54 PM | | Comments (12)
        

Comments

I've got a BAD feelin' about this...

No need to upgrade the offense for the first season "where wins matter". Good job Andy.

Or is that next season now?

Does it all really matter anyway? I mean tonight's crowd was the smallest in OPACY history and that's likely to be broken on a weekly basis all season long. They have been so bad for so long I really don't think many in this town care much anymore. They haven't been in contention since 1997 and this year is starting off the way most other years have ended up, with the team sleep-walking. If I didn't know better I'd swear they were a jinxed team...maybe the curse of Davey Johnson.

Wait til the pitching goes south. I sure am glad Roberts waited till he was 100% ready before playing this spring. We blow. On the bright side, my $20 bet that they wouldnt win 80 games last season or this is looking pretty good. Magic number is 77.

With yet another loss, I think I have figured out the Orioles problems. They have talented, underachieving players, and cookie cutter managers, But maybe it is something else...It must be../ It's their hats...yes their ygly "correct bird" hats. Oh you think I'm nuts? Well ok maybe I am ...but the numbers speak for theirselves...

1954-1965 correct Bird hats record 942-943 5 of 12 winning seasons, no playoffs

1966-1988 cartoon bird hats record 2030-614 19 of 23 winning seasons 8 playoffs, 3-3 ws

1989-2009 correct bird hats record 1579-1752 4 0f 21 winning seasons 2 playoffs

total of ugly correct bird hats record 2521-2695 9 of 33 winninig seasons 2 play off births

yes I have too much time on my hands...I know.....this does not include this years record of 1-6, or any turn back the clock days...bring back the classic black and oroange cartoon bird...it must be the problem.

The Orioles are scoring just 2.85 runs per game, and that includes unearned runs.

Our hitters are not making solid contact, and the ball rarely "jumps" off their bats.

Year after year we've seen the O's embarrassed by lefthanders. Now we are seeing run of the mill righthanders dominate Oriole hitters.

Fire Crowley.

Up until this year at least O's fans could look at the standings until May and have some hope. This year not even into the first week!

Anonymous, yes you do have too much time on your hands. Wow! Well heck, anything is worth getting this team on track! I'm with it!

BRING BACK THE CARTOON BIRD!

(I have alot of time on my hands too!)

Bring back Dave Johnson and Pat Gillic and PA needs to LEAVE THEM ALONE. There is not one player on roster who can play everyday for Yankees or Red Sox. Wieters and Markaikis would be part timers. Enough of BRob out of lineup. We were losers with him in lineup anyway. Need to unload BRob and MArkaikis while we can , they both have settled in with the loser mentality

At least the Orioles are one of the few teams that can actually say they play better on the road! Hey, I'm just trying to look at the bright side of things...it's hard to watch young hitters play without confidence.

With yet another loss, I think I have figured out the Orioles problems. They have talented, underachieving players, and cookie cutter managers, But maybe it is something else...It must be../ It's their hats...yes their ygly "correct bird" hats. Oh you think I'm nuts? Well ok maybe I am ...but the numbers speak for theirselves...

1954-1965 correct Bird hats record 942-943 5 of 12 winning seasons, no playoffs

1966-1988 cartoon bird hats record 2030-614 19 of 23 winning seasons 8 playoffs, 3-3 ws

1989-2009 correct bird hats record 1579-1752 4 0f 21 winning seasons 2 playoffs

total of ugly correct bird hats record 2521-2695 9 of 33 winninig seasons 2 play off births

yes I have too much time on my hands...I know.....this does not include this years record of 1-6, or any turn back the clock days...bring back the classic black and oroange cartoon bird...it must be the problem

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I've been saying this for years. Bring the cartoon bird back!!!!!!!!!!

Hey Pete:

Are Davey Johnson and Pat Gillick even alive?

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.


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