• May

    It's only one game, but....

    It’s a 162 game schedule so one game is just one game. Nothing more nothing less, right?

    The Orioles entered last night one-game below .500 and a win would have put them ahead of the Red Sox who would have fallen to 20-21, a half game behind the O’s.  The O’s had their rookie ace on the mound in the finale and a real opportunity to steal a sweep. They were up 6-0 in the sixth inning and then, well…you know the ending.

    For a team that is scrapping to get to .500, these kinds of blown opportunities are very defeating for a fan base already driven to the edge with continual losing. How bad has it gotten? Most fans in the game thread last night believed the outcome was inevitable as Kevin Gregg jogged to the mound with a slim 7-6 lead. Unfortunately they were proven right.

    That  .500 record in May really doesn’t mean a ton over a 162-game schedule, but that mark of average has been elusive to the Orioles and their fans are starting to show signs of expecting failure.

    The fact is, very few franchises have gone 13 straight losing seasons in the modern era. It's pretty hard to stink in that many seasons in a row, so there's a reason why .500 holds a lot more weight for O's fans. Get to .500, then go from there, but they must break this consecutive losing season streak. Before this streak of futility, this organization had never had more than three losing seasons in a row. THREE. The Orioles have become the Cleveland Indians of the 70s and late 80s and they had a movie made about them due to their terribleness.  The sad part is that even those Indians never went more than seven seasons in a row below .500.

    At the end of the day, a heart-breaking loss is only one game, but it’s understandable why Orioles fans get so upset when the Orioles seem to squander opportunities to just get to mediocrity.

    Reynolds defense

    A lot has been written about Mark Reynolds' offensive woes and despite the homer last night, he’s still under performing badly. However, considering he changed leagues, his early season offensive struggles are not overly surprising. But what has surprised me is just how bad he has become at third base defensively, especially on plays in which he must come in on. I don’t know whether its poor eye hand coordination but I honestly have never seen a worse third baseman on coming in on balls. Whether he uses his glove or goodness gracious, his bare hand, he rarely fields the ball cleanly.

    His range side to side is not bad and he’s got strong accurate arm, but hands are well below average and like I said earlier, he’s terrible at coming in on balls. Reynold’s seven errors is tied with Edwin Encarnacion and Pedro Alvarez for the most in the major leagues at third base and that doesn’t include the multiple times in which he couldn’t make a bare handed play that most third baseman makes but don’t count as errors because of the difficulty. The Orioles were not looking for Brooks Robinson at the hot corner, but they weren’t expecting Floyd Rayford either.

    It's safe to say Reynolds has not been the player the Orioles thought they were trading for either offensively or defensively so far.

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Tony Pente

Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.