In the thick of playoff contention entering this week, the O's dropped three straight to rival Tampa Bay, for all intents and purposes, putting a lid on a once-promising season and hopeful summer. The Ravens' win over the Texans helped assuage some of our pain, but it's going take time to recover from this...
Stud of the Week for September 15-22:
Going back to the last 11 innings of O's extra-inning loss Friday night to the Rays, the Orioles' vaunted offense managed just two runs and 10 hits over the last 29 innings of the series.
Woody Allen once said "80 percent of success is showing up." And the O's did manage to get up out of bed Saturday for a 1 p.m. start following their 18-inning loss the night before to Tampa Bay. Woody obviously wasn't a baseball player.
With the heart of the lineup—J.J. Hardy, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Chris Davis, and Nate McLouth—all hitting under. 200 last week, the O's are now 4.5 games out of the Wild Card race with seven to play.