We knew we were up against it, and even though the Orioles fought admirably over the last two games of the series in Cleveland, they simply couldn’t turn the tides of fate.
They were no match for the ridiculously hot Indians and their now 18-game winning streak.
But in all honesty, nobody is at the moment. It doesn’t make the pill of a three-game sweep any easier to swallow, especially now with just nineteen games remaining on the schedule and still being on the outside looking in. Sometimes you just have to accept the inevitable.
All that’s left to do now is to erase the weekend from the memory banks and take it one game at a time from here on out. Despite the winless weekend, the Orioles are still just three games out of the second wild card spot and have a decent chance at gaining ground against the struggling Blue Jays this week before heading to the Bronx on Friday.
The clock is ticking more rapidly by the day, but rest assured, these Orioles will keep grinding away until the hourglass runs out.
The rest we’ll just have to leave to fate.
Let’s take a quick look at the high/low-lights from the past week of Orioles baseball.
– After stepping up for the majority of the second half, the Orioles starters are trending the wrong way at the worst time as of late. Over the last thirteen games, the Orioles starters have posted a 6.68 ERA over 63 1/3 innings of work.
– Over their last six games against New York and Cleveland, the O’s rotation posted a dreadful 8.07 ERA over just 25 2/3 innings of work.
– The Orioles abused bullpen held it down against the Yankees with a solid 3.06 ERA over a whopping 17 2/3 innings of work over just three games, and then followed up by posting a 2.35 ERA over 7 2/3 innings in Cleveland.
– The Orioles bullpen has been the backbone of the team in the second half of the season, and they now own a stellar 2.57 ERA over their last twenty-two games and 91 innings of work.
– The Orioles bats fell silent in Cleveland, which has become an alarming trend in recent times. They didn’t exactly light it up against the Blue Jays or the Yankees before heading to Cleveland, either.
– Over the last ten games, the Orioles are batting just .236 as a unit while scoring only 3.2 runs per game (32 total). Most of their runs have come off fifteen home runs. Their all-or-nothing results have stung a bit, especially after they were swinging the bats so well for the majority of the second half.
– The Orioles, who have been one of the league’s best clubs at driving in runners in scoring position this season, have fallen short in that category in recent times. Over their last ten games, they’ve gone just 10-for-64 (.156) with runners in scoring position.
Stars of the week:
Unfortunately, we’re not handing out our three stars this week. This isn’t a time for consolation prizes.
This is a time to put up or shut up, and it will take more than three stars to get the Orioles to the promise land.
With our backs against the wall, the time to come together is now.