Give some credit to
They know that it wouldn't do any good anyway. The other teams in the
But the facts are the facts, and the nature of the injuries and issues that have suddenly submarined the club's upbeat start tell a different story. It's not the number of key players who have gotten hurt -- since that's not really a big number -- but the impact of those injuries on the team's offensive chemistry and, by extension, the starting rotation.
If you recall, the Orioles entered the season with two major holes in the offensive lineup. They did not have a true leadoff hitter and they did not have a true cleanup guy. Those are a couple of pretty big gaps, but Showalter filled them quite nicely with
When Reimold went down with a bulging disk in his neck, the club auditioned rookie
Now, the loss of
If you doubt this, think about how many times the Orioles have had seemingly huge opportunities to break a game open and settled for little or nothing because of a key whiff in a big run-production situation. Everyone knows that
The Orioles can get out of this slump if the starting rotation can right itself, but the lack of run support is putting additional pressure on the young starters at a time when the cumulative effect of the high-tech video era and old-school advance scouting is making them work harder to get people out.