The Orioles last night in Texas got swept by the Rangers, 13-4, in a pretty sad display of baseball.
They have now fallen to 36-48, 12 games under .500 and 14 ½ out of the American League East lead.
It’s been an awful past few weeks for the Orioles and things seemingly do not look to be getting any better.
Baltimore was done even before the second inning as Texas built up a 4-0 lead and never looked back. Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie only lasted five innings, gave up six runs and now is 3-11 on the season. His ERA is now up to 4.23.
The dynamic Ranger offense with all their big bats turned it on early and didn't relent.
The Oriole bullpen – which is starting to show signs of being overexposed – only poured more gas on the fire, as they gave up another seven runs.
Both Vladmir Guerrero and Derrek Lee homered; however, it was for naught. The game was well over at that point. Baltimore was pretty much stifled by Texas’ Alexi Ogando, who pitched seven innings of three-run ball for the victory.
Overall in this series, the pitching for the Orioles – outside of Mitch Atkin’s start on Tuesday – has been terrible and woefully inconsistent. It’s been painful to watch and at the moment there seems to be little hope down the road as Baltimore faces a tough Boston team before the All-Star break.