The Orioles, with a 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, finished the first half of the season with a 23-58 records that makes them one of the worst teams through 81 games in baseball history.
Pose the question to anyone in an Orioles uniform, and the pause before he speaks is pregnant. The sigh is audible, the stare far away. The question is almost as loaded as the possible answers — and there's no one answer: How did the Orioles' season fall apart so fast?
The Orioles hope to get Jonathan Schoop back sooner than usual for the oblique injury he is rehabbing and Mark Trumbo could be in the lineup against the Angels next week. Tim Beckham's surgery went well, but he's out for at least six weeks.