Baltimore Orioles: Don’t question the effort

Wade Miley was decent for the Baltimore Orioles last night – the first time through the order. After that Boston seemed to know exactly what was coming, and when. And that trend continued after Miley left the game. Miley’s line: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 4 K.

There’s barely anyone on the Orioles’ roster (of the players who have been here all year at least) that’s not dealing with some sort of injury or ailment. And that’s been true for awhile. There are both a lot of tired bats, aas well as tired legs. Not to mention arms, fingers, groins, etc. The only downside to being a veteran team is that injuries can catch up to you. And for sure they have this year for the O’s.

That’s why I feel that people aren’t in a spot to question the team’s effort in games. Because this year it’s seemed that each time another veteran was going on the DL for the Birds, another youngster for another team was breaking out. But it’s tough to simply look at results on the field and come to the conclusion that the team just isn’t trying.

As an example, Hardy was thrown out at first base on a swinging bunt last night that would have been an infield hit for most players. It wasn’t that Hardy was’t running hard, because he was. Age and injury just prevented him from going full throttle. In other words, he ran as hard as he could. Am I saying that the Orioles should mirror what New York did this year and go full youth in 2018? No, because youth comes with it’s own set of problems of which you can generally steer clear with veterans. But it is what it is for 2017.

Boston seemed to put up runs in two’s in this game, with Betts giving his team a 2-0 lead in the fourth with a two-run homer. Later in the inning Marrero added an additional two-run homer, and suddenly it was 4-0. One inning later Ramirez’s two-RBI double ran it to six, and another by Pedroia in the eighth ran it to eight.

Ramirez would add an RBI-single in the ninth to run the final to 9-0. Again, I think it’s incredibly easy to say that the team just isn;t trying anymore. If there were lower-character guys on the field, I might not necessarily disagree. But these players have proven who they were in terms of being quality players and characters – many of them since 2012. One injury-plaqued season shouldn’t change that.

Furthermore it would be unfair and wrong to suggest that the O’s simply got lucky from 2012 to this point. I mean, does that really make sense – if you think about it? So for five seasons we in essence saw a fluke, and now we’re seeing the real team? Somehow that doesn’t add up.

The O’s will now begin the final home series of the year as Tampa comes into town. Gabriel Ynoa gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Matt Andriese. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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