The Orioles return home this weekend with a crowded disabled list, a shaky starting rotation and an offense that has been outscored 60-17 during a six-game losing streak before breaking out for 10 runs on Wednesday. Beyond the team's immediate worries, several key players have contracts ending in the next two years, causing concern among some fans about a potential regress to another dreadful 14-season drought.
How will these Orioles be remembered? After three playoff appearances in five seasons, perhaps all that's left for this group of Orioles to accomplish is win a World Series before core might take on different look.
Last year, the Orioles cycled through minor leaguers and trolled the waiver wire for left-handed depth, but it was a problem that didn't really go away. This year, however, the club believes its yearlong plan to rebuild its depleted stock of southpaws will bear fruit.