Maybe it's because Orioles rookie outfielder Joey Rickard enjoyed such a strong start to the season that his recent slump is so noticeable.
Rickard quickly went from Rule 5 draft pick to starting left fielder to fan favorite, ascending to the leadoff position just three games into the season.
But Rickard enters Wednesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays — the organization the Orioles drafted him from — in the midst of a 2-for-20 drought over the past five games that dropped his batting average 62 points, from .350 to .288.
“You know that's baseball,” Rickard said. “You know it's a humbling game and that can happen. It happens to...