So ... the Orioles win two, then lose one. They win two more, then lose one.
That seems to be the pattern so far this season for the Baltimore Orioles, who are 6-3 and a half-game out of the division lead after Wednesday's 19-6 butt-whooping at the hands of the Texas Rangers. The loss broke Baltimore's two-game winning streak, the third time in this young season this has happened.
The Orioles opened the season taking the first two games from the Yankees at Camden Yards. They then lost the third game of the series, 11-2. Baltimore then took the first two games from the defending American League champion Tampa Bay Rays before losing the third game 11-3.
Baltimore opened its three-game set with the Rangers by winning Monday's game 10-9 and taking Tuesday's contest 7-5. Wednesday's schelacking kept the pattern intact for the young season ... win two, get killed in the third.
As Meat Loaf once sang, two out of three ain't bad.
Still ... the worrisome part isn't losing a game -- every team loses (right, Nationals?). But Baltimore's three losses this season have been extremely lopsided, the dreaded combination of cold bats mixed with horrendous pitching. Granted, Texas is an offensive powerhouse, and Ian Kinsler is a fine player, but 19 runs?! Kinsler going 6-for-6 and hitting for the cycle?
To be fair, if Baltimore keeps this trend throughout the season (pretty much impossible, I know, but bear with me), the Orioles will end the season 108-54. That's best record in baseball material, and as much as the fan in me would love that, I know as well as anyone else the Orioles don't have the talent or infrastructure to pull off such a feat.
In fact, in each of the last five seasons, Baltimore has been off to a good start, raising the hopes of the fans and making the general baseball world wonder if things might be changing for the better in Charm City. But year after year, the Orioles collapse after the All-Star Break, stumbling toward the finish line with a horrid August and September, leaving Orioles fans crushed and making sure the AL East is still the New York and Boston (and now Tampa Bay) Show.
Will this year be any different? Not if Baltimore sees fit to give up double-digit runs every third night. Sooner or later, that sort of thing's going to catch up with the team, and spread to other facets of the game.
This is an encouraging start to the season for the most part, and by all means, the fans should enjoy it. But be warned, Orioles fans ... there are signs, and there is a history. If this team loses 90 games again this season, I don't want you all devastated.
Enjoy what we have now, but don't count on the future.
Sports Round-Up, Volume 9
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