Silver Lining Surrounding O’s Struggles

| June 4, 2012 | 2 Comments

The Baltimore Orioles are 2-8 in their last ten games, their starting right fielder and number three hitter just had hand surgery and their staff ace is looking more like a Triple A pitcher than a legitimate number one starter, yet there are a couple silver linings surrounding the O’s during their recent losing streak. The fans care what is happening and Zach Britton and Brian Roberts’ returns should be right around the corner.

Over the last decade and a half we have seen the Orioles lose lots of games but this year has a different feel every time they lose – it bothers people, a feeling that hasn’t been felt in about a decade. For the first time in a long time, fans are fully invested in the Orioles and they actually care about their results. Normally the month of June in Baltimore is defined by two things – hot weather and the start of offseason training for the Ravens. Usually the discussion on the radio surrounds the purple and black, but this year a lot of the chatter has surrounded the Orioles.

Despite the recent skid, the Orioles are still six games over .500 and just a game out first place. They are also ahead of the Yankees and Red Sox in the standings and, for the most part, the fans of Baltimore are still fully vested in the team. In addition to the new rejuvenation, the hot start has given baseball in this town another silver lining for the O’s and their fans to look forward to: the return of Zach Britton and Brian Roberts. Baseball is a game of streaks and even the best teams suffer through multi-game losing streaks, but surviving the losing streaks and staying in contention is what separates the contenders from the pretenders. Everything is going wrong for the Orioles right now, but the return of Britton and Roberts should spark this team and help get them back into the win column more frequently.

Losing can be incredibly frustrating and the last 15 years haven taken years off the back end of the lives of Orioles fans, but this year has a different feel despite the last 10 games where the Orioles have resembled the terrible teams over the last decade – but, these aren’t the same old Orioles and this isn’t the start of their collapse. Sure the last two weeks of Orioles baseball has been painful to watch, but for the first time in a long time, I fully expect them to survive this and turn things around and get back to winning.

Adam Jones will not land on the DL, their number one pitcher will be back in an Orioles uniform and the most consistent Oriole over the last decade will soon be playing his first major league game in almost two years, providing the offense needed with a leadoff batter. So, things should be looking up very quickly.

I haven’t stopped believing and something tells me the players still have hunger and desire. Most importantly, I am confident that they believe they can win.

The next week will go a long way in determining if Baltimore sports fans will be focusing on Ravens practice or meaningful baseball in the dog days of summer…  hopefully, the winning streak starts in Boston this week!

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I have spent my entire 30 years living in Maryland and I love everything about this city. Despite the bad reputation the city has, Baltimore will always be a special place to me and I love living here. There is nothing better then Sunday afternoons at M&T Bank Stadium and summer nights at Camden Yards when the Yard is packed. You can find me all over the city so don't hesitate to share your opinion of me good or bad. Who knows, if you see me out maybe I will buy you a Natty Boh. Lets go Ravens and Lets go O's!!! Follow me on Twitter at @MRomanell.
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