The Baltimore Orioles have issues.
Usually, I try to stay positive and not go on the attack like a pit-bull; however, the 2010 Orioles so far are not certainly not the team we were promised in the offseason.
We all know that Brian Roberts is out and that's killing the offense, Pie is hurt, the $12 million closer is on the shelf and never got his footing, Miggy is ailing, and Koji Uehara has not been seen much at all.
In light of the negative, the pitching for the most part is doing it's job, but right now the youth - that's right, the future - and some of MacPhail's acquisitions are killing this team. As it is, this team has little to no leadership whatsoever at all.
Last night, the Orioles lost again for their 13th time in 15 games as the Mariners beat them again, 3-1.
David Hernandez - who had a quality start and did his best humanly possible to keep his team in the game - took the loss, his second on the year. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. He got touched up for two runs in the first inning off a Franklin Guiterrez sacrifice fly and Milton Bradley RBI-single. Hernandez would settle in and roll until the seventh inning, but would give up his third run of the night of a Jack Wilson RBI-double and his night was done.
At this point, do Baltimore pitchers have to throw shut-outs to win?
The Baltimore offense could not bail Hernandez out. Aside from a Nolan Reimold RBI-double off the center field wall in the first inning, the team didn't do squat thereafter. On the night, the Orioles were 0-7 with runners in scoring position and only had four hits.