Column: Same O's song and dance?
If you can't stand the thought of reliving last night's garden variety Orioles loss, you can read my column for Sunday's print edition right here. I take a look at the upcoming trade deadlines -- the July 31 waiver deadline and the Aug. 31 playoff eligibility deadline -- and wonder if this year will be deja vu all over again.
Guess that four-game sweep in Texas last weekend was some kind of mirage. The Orioles have started the second half looking a lot like the team that started the first half. They've scored two runs in each of the first two games of the three-game series against the Blue Jays, and now have a string of seven straight games against Toronto this year in which they've scored two runs or fewer.
This time, you could see it coming a mile away after they scored two runs to take a 2-1 lead in the sixth and still had runners at first and third with one out. Of course, they didn't tack on that extra run, so Jose Bautista's two-run homer off Jason Berken was enough to put the Jays back on top for good.
I could also point out that they couldn't get a sacrifice bunt down on two separate occasions, but that would be piling on.