Saturday night’s 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees that completed a doubleheader sweep at Camden Yards and extended the Orioles’ losing streak to seven games was only the latest example — and there have been no fewer than 30.
The Orioles have placed outfielder Colby Rasmus on the disabled list and called up reliever Jimmy Yacabonis one day after Friday's 14-inning game. First pitch, lineups, broadcast info, pitching matchups and what to watch against the Yankees on Saturday.
Twice this month, the Orioles have demoted a starting pitcher from the rotation, only to have him rejoin it shortly thereafter out of circumstance and necessity. There are only so many alternatives inside the organization, and when the Orioles begin to assess the market to add starters through trades over the next few weeks, they might be left wanting as well.
Well, the most obvious reason the Orioles had little success against dominating Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was because he¿s one of the best pitchers in the game right now and has all the good numbers to prove it.
Steve Clevenger, who was the designated hitter for the second consecutive game, hadn¿t homered since he was with the Chicago Cubs in 2012. That was shortly before he was sent to the Orioles, along with Scott Feldman, in the deal the shipped Jake Arrieta to Chicago.
It was easy enough to round up the usual offensive suspects after the Orioles tied their all-time single-game record with 26 hits on Sunday afternoon against the Oakland Athletics, but it was the unusual suspects who carried the day.
Sometimes you need a little luck to make the postseason. And as the Orioles battle for a playoff spot with the final third of the season getting under way, it seems they have developed a knack for missing opposing teams' aces.
As the 2015 baseball season begins to wane, the Orioles remain in neutral. They are two games over .500, still right there in the American League wild-card race and within sniffing distance of the division-leading New York Yankees, who were up six games in the AL East heading into Monday night's games.
The Orioles might have the chance to play the Oakland Athletics again in October, with much higher stakes on the line. But following a humbling, 10-2 loss Sunday afternoon, the Orioles couldn't escape Oakland quick enough.
Right-hander Kevin Gausman, who held Oakland to one run and four hits in a career-high seven innings June 7 at Camden Yards, takes the mound for the Orioles on Sunday. He is 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA in three road starts this season.