Showalter provides perspective on team's skid upon return home

Orioles manager Buck Showalter, on the occasion of the team's return home from a three-game sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros that extended their losing streak to seven straight, didn't want to fall into any one hole when describing the slide.

But in doing so, he provided plenty of perspective as to what the team was dealing with Monday morning and how it might change for them. Here are Showalter's comments before the Monday matinee with the Yankees:


On whether the early-season close games and all the team's off-field drama in Boston wore them out mentally:

"That's true with any club. That's one of the challenges you go through. It's a convenient excuse. We're always looking for whys on both sides of it — when things are showing up well on the scoreboard and when they're not. But it's always a factor. It's always a factor, and I think everybody is the same degree of physical challenges here. Everybody's got a tale of woe with the schedule or something that they've been wronged somehow. It's part of it. I think that's a pretty common denominator with a majority of the clubs, that you go through periods where mentally, you really are challenged to stay strong through it. Everything has a cause and effect, but good, too. And sometimes, when things are going well, it helps you get through those periods.

On whether they're physically more banged up than any other recent point:

"If we did, I wouldn't talk about it. New York doesn't want to hear it. Boston, Toronto, Tampa — it's part of the gig. It's just part of it. You'd have to go and dissect stuff we were talking about last year during the season. I'm not going to. It is what it is. It's this season, and your depth is always tested. Every club is, and that's part of it. There's days when a coach, a manager, a trainer, a general manager, some scout who's out there on the road, players — it's the nature of a sport that's played seven days a week for seven or eight months."

On whether a losing streak is like a slump at the plate, able to change with one game:

"I wish it was that easy. I don't know. Say it's today, you're facing a really good pitcher, another guy that throws less than 50 percent fastballs. You have two more good pitchers. That's why the Yankees have had a good year. Their starting pitching has been pretty solid for them. They've been able to pick up the slack with [Tyler] Clippard and some other guys with [closer Aroldis] Chapman out, just like we've tried to do with Zach [Britton] out. But there's a lot of things you do during, I call it streaks, where you're winning that aren't really good. And there's a lot of things you're doing that are good during the opposite side of that.

"There's not some magic elixir where, 'OK, if we win one game and score eight runs ...' — we won a lot of one-run games in April. I wish it was that easy. But one doesn't always mean something else. You've got to start somewhere. Like I said many times, the people don't want to hear about your problems, and they're glad you've got them, in our division. Nobody is going to feel sorry for you."