Week(end) in Review: Mid-July Massacre

A Cubs player watches the ball sail at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

If there were still any of you out there who were as optimistic about our chances of turning it around in the second half as I was, you’re probably pretty bummed on this dreary Monday morning.

Bummed doesn’t begin to do it justice. More along the lines of gutted, hopeless and heartbroken. The feeling is like when you catch your girlfriend cheating on you with your best friend three days in a row while “Black” by Pearl Jam, “Where did you sleep last night” by Nirvana and “Nutshell” by Alice in Chains are stuck in a constant loop on the radio afterwards.

John Carpenter couldn’t have scripted something so savage and brutal. Maybe the late Wes Craven could have, but that’s a debate for another day.

In the meantime, we just had to sit through the “Nightmare on Eutaw Street: Part II” and wonder if the Orioles can ever snap back into the swing of things.

Maybe…Maybe not… Who knows.

All I know is that anything, and I mean anything, will be better than what transpired this weekend.

As a result of being beaten, battered, bruised and broken by the reigning champs, the Orioles are now nine games behind the first place Red Sox in the chase for the division title and have fallen 5.5-games behind the Rays for the second wild card spot in the AL.

We also know that the 2012-2016 Orioles could still show up at some point and make things interesting, but the window is slamming shut in a hurry. The Orioles are stuck in quicksand and despite their efforts, their ship is sinking fast.

To make matters worse, the vicious cycle of losing that they’re caught in and can’t get out of looks to be forcing the Orioles’ hand into selling at the deadline. While a total overhaul may not be necessary, you can’t ignore that the fact that this squad needs to be revamped and the farm system needs to be restocked.

While we knew that they weren’t a star-studded cast of pitchers, few would have expected the starting rotation to let the team down as much as they have this season. Even fewer would have predicted such a roller coaster season from our high-powered offense. More than one thing has gone wrong during the current campaign.

All eyes on 2018 and beyond I guess, because 2017 just hasn’t played out the way that we all had hoped. We’re one more long losing streak away from counting it as a lost season, and that’s a tough pill to swallow considering the direction of the franchise was at stake coming into the season.

All we can do at this point is hope for better times ahead. And maybe ask for a starting rotation for Christmas this Winter.

Just remember to enjoy the ride, folks. Better times will follow.

And don’t lose your faith in this team. They won’t stay down for fourteen years this time around.

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Logan Quick is a 23-year-old journalist from Harford County, Maryland. Loves hockey so much, there's ice in his veins, not blood. Breathes soccer. Kind of wishes he lived in Barcelona. Oh yeah, and his love for music, especially 1960's and 70's rock and roll, is unwavering. Also a lover of...more

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