It's the second half of the season, and with football coming around the corner, it looks like it's the same old story with the Orioles. After winning 3-2 last night against Oakland and giving David Hernandez his fourth major league win, the Orioles behind Jason Berken struggled again.
In the end, Oakland beat Baltimore, 6-3, thanks to a huge 4th inning and taking advantage of Berken leading him to his 10th loss of the season. Once again, they were killed on the afternoon thanks to a lack of hitting, focus in the field, and minor lapses that gave the A's opportunities to score. I just watched some of the game online, and it goes without saying Baltimore could have played a lot better.
As much as I have said, I want to see the young players develop -- and they have been doing a decent job considering the circumstances -- it's hard as a fan to watch the Orioles lose night and night out. The Orioles are not doubt trying -- seriously -- but perhaps a tough season, a lack of talent, and the every day doldrums are leading this team down a losing path.
Really, I don't care about a winning season right now, I just want to see improvement. If there's any positive, we're doing it with youth and men who could be a part of the future in Baltimore, not your retreads.