Despite a struggling offense, holes within their starting rotation and losing 13 out of their past 19 games, the
If the season ended today, the Orioles would play the
They'd have to face an Angels team that has thoroughly dominated them this season, taking seven of nine games in the now-completed season series.
Now all of this would be great to hear from Orioles fans given expectations going into the season. Most fans would have been satisfied with a .500 team.
But now, with the Orioles still somehow holding on to second place in the
“Story yet to be written,” Orioles manager
Following the Orioles' one-sided 6-0 loss to the Angels on Sunday – the O's have scored just three runs in their last 32 innings – Showalter was asked by a California reporter about having an above .500 team at the break. The Orioles manager didn't take the ill-timed question easily.
"Winning more games than we lose is not something that those guys in that clubhouse are after, or having one game better than last year," Showalter said. "That's not how they're wound and trust me, that's not the way I'm wound."
Before the season, Showalter was talking about the club's incremental improvements, but now they're in the pennant race. Despite their struggles going into the break, the Orioles are still in the thick of it.
But this weekend's series in Anaheim has to be a wake-up call. The current Orioles don't match up well with the likes of the Angels. The win-loss numbers show it, but the Angels dominated the Orioles in every facet of the game -- hitting, pitching and especially defense.
The Angels are universally seen as a model organization, one Showalter says will challenge the
Now to find out where the Orioles' future lies.
They don’t have a predetermined No. 5 starter going into the break. For that matter, outside of right-hander
The bigger problem might be the offense, which has gone through lengthy phases of ineptness. Getting
Upgrades in both areas are definitely necessary. We know executive vice president Dan Duquette is being proactive in exploring options, but how willing is he to make a deal to keep the Orioles in the chase?