Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after Friday night’s 7-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox that he wouldn't analyze the common threads in his team’s five-game losing streak, its longest since September 2013.
“I don't break them down and say there's one thing all the time. No, I don't think that's fair,” Showalter said. “There are too many phases of the game, too many things that happen over 27 outs.”
Still, it’s fair to say the Orioles’ early-season woes are linked to shaky starting pitching, a normally stout defense that has cracked and an overworked bullpen that has given up backbreaking runs at the most inopportune times.
Friday night was a microcosm of the rocky start...