This might sound crazy, but the case can be made that the Orioles picked the right time for everything to go horribly wrong.
They suffered their 108th loss of the season on Tuesday night, 6-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays, and — with 11 games left to play — figure to build on that total and reign as the losingest team in the history of the Baltimore franchise for a long, long time.
Obviously, that’s not good. This season will leave an ugly and indelible stain on the largely successful Buck Showalter/Dan Duquette era and might lead to a front office overhaul this winter.
To judge it fairly, however, requires an honest look at where the Orioles might be now if they were, say,...