Peter Schmuck grades the Orioles (Week 26)
Every Monday during the regular season, Orioles columnist Peter Schmuck grades the cumulative performance of the Orioles in six major areas during the previous week.
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The bottom line( Al Messerschmidt, Getty Images / September 20, 2013 )
The week started out well but, quite frankly, turned into a disaster when the Orioles reached crunch time. They were so impatient at the plate they looked totally over matched by the Tampa Bay pitching staff, but it's also fair to speculate that the regulars just played too many games and finally gave in to fatigue. It'll be revealing to see how they perform over the final week, with little to play for other than personal statistics. When it mattered most, the O's offense went into total vapor lock and they lost four games in a row. They've had a pretty good season, but these grades are based on last week's performance, and there's just no way to sugarcoat the offensive meltdown.