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Saturday July 17, 2010 11:55 pm

The Baltimore Orioles Obviously Stink

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Jeremy GuthrieTo say watching the Orioles play is about as much fun as watching grass grow is being mean to grass. The Orioles are horrendous. There number of players helping that team can be counted on one hand, and it’s a 25-man roster. An under .500 record is nothing new for the Charm City, but at 29-61, the Orioles have the worst record in baseball, which is definitely a demoralizing situation for the team to find itself in.

Much of the Orioles’ problems can be blamed on pitching. Their top three starters, Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie and Brian Matusz have a combined 8-27 record, with a 5.03 ERA. They have given up an incredible 48 home runs and only struck out 227 hitters as opposed to 108 walks. The back end of the bullpen hasn’t helped much either. Outside of closer Alfredo Simon, a combined seven relievers have gone five-for-16 in save opportunities.

The Orioles also lead all of baseball with the worst home record, while their road record is only second-worst to Pittsburgh. They also have the second-worst record against teams in their division, trailing Seattle, but are threatening to take that number 30 spot any day now. The team has given new meaning to slump as they are set to finish the season with a 52-110 record, with a win-loss ratio they haven’t seen since going 46-108 in 1937.

Before the season began, people picked the O’s not only finish ahead of the Blue Jays in the standings, but they said it wouldn’t be close. They were half right. Baltimore is 0-8 against the Jays, and 16 games behind them in the standings. They will need to go 9-1 against the Jays over the rest of this season just to break even against them. Chances are the Orioles are going to finish on the losing side of this year’s battle of the birds; among many, many other things as well.



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