Offense Continues to Slack
The Orioles have done nothing to provide their fan base with confidence that letting Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis was the correct move. So far through the year, the O's are 13th in Runs scored (103), 12th in Batting Average (.251), and 13th in OBP (.303). This lack of production has placed the O's in 4th place with a record of 12-13 after 4 weeks into the season.
Last week, the O's went 2-4 including being swept by their division rival, Tampa Bay.
During this stretch, their pitching remained one of the best in the AL. Chris Tillman has been leading the way with a 1.46 ERA and 10k's over the past 7 days. O's Adam Jones has been on a rollar coaster at the plate. In his last 5 games, he remains hitless with an 0-20 streak. You at some point have to wonder when Showalter will move him down in the lineup. The answer could be soon....
Matt Wieters and Steve Pearce were both sent on Rehab Assignments to AAA Norfolk. They are expected back towards the end of next week, barring any setback. A few moves will have to be made.