Originally posted on Oriole Post  |  Last updated 8/4/13
After a win on Friday and a loss on Saturday, the Orioles looked to take a series victory against the Seattle Mariners. In the end, the Seattle Mariners edged out a close win over the Orioles, 3-2. The Mariners took two out of three from the Orioles this weekend. The starting pitching performances from the Orioles have been even for most of the weekend, but Wei-Yin Chen was solid most of the afternoon. He threw very well on the mound; however, his offense was not much help at all on Sunday for the first five or so innings of the game. The Orioles got on the board in the bottom of sixth inning when Danny Valencia – who was called up from Norfolk this weekend – took Seattle pitcher Joe Saunders (and former Bird) deep with a two-run homer. Saunders would earn the win on Sunday. However, Seattle took a 3-2 lead after Henry Blanco took Chen deep in the seventh inning with a two-run homer. The Orioles had 2 outs in the frame, and were up 2-1, but it took one pitch from Chen to change that. Chen’s line on Sunday: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5K, 1 HR. He would take the loss and his record is now at 6-4. Baltimore pounded out eights on the day, but left eight men on base. Even worse, they were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Too bad. It seems when the Orioles score, it’s either by home run or extra-base hit. They have to do more to manufacture runs rather than wait for the big one. The Orioles started Sunday off a ½ game out of the final wild card spot and 5 ½ behind the Red Sox for the American League East lead. At this point, it could be safe to say that the Orioles may be in line for the second wild card spot and taking the division will be a monumental task if the Red Sox or Rays don’t slump – or fall into a collapse. Baltimore’s main competition for the second playoff spot in the American League (at the moment) are the surging Cleveland Indians and always competitive Texas Rangers. With the homestand done, the Orioles are now on the road for nine games on the west coast against the San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The first two teams are in the midst of disappointing seasons; meanwhile, the Diamondbacks are trying to keep pace with the Los Angeles Dodgers – who seem to now be running away with the National League West. After the Diamondbacks, the Orioles come home and face the Rockies. Then things don’t get easy. In fact, the final two weeks of August are a grind. The Orioles have to then face the Tampa Bay Rays, followed by the Oakland Athletics, and then go on the road against the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees to finish off the month. They have to continue taking advantage of teams in a ‘soft’ portion of the schedule, as I think the final two weeks of this month could make or break the Orioles in their playoff hunt. *** Finally, this whole A-Rod/Alex Rodriguez-Biogenesis scandal with Major League Baseball? Good lord. Could this be any more bizarre? It’s just a sad story about a man – insecure, narcissistic at worst – who had everything in the world: talent, skill and an incredibly lucrative career. Now he is seeing his legacy tarnished because of some chemical help and perhaps his own ego. A-Rod seems to have it all, but yet … seems to have nothing. He really probably just wants his money that is left on his sick contract. That’s what this whole charade is about. Close to $100 million. The sad thing is … that A-Rod probably didn’t need to do all of this. Like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and a litany of others. He’s not the only ‘cheater’ in this whole saga or in sports … but perhaps the biggest name. He’s not doubt being singled out by MLB commissioner Bud Selig and the powers-that-be in baseball; however, A-Rod has what is coming to him. He will be punished and done so in a severe fashion. I’m not sure if he is delusional or intentionally behaving in a certain way, but I’m just shaking my head following this story. He does not seem to be comfortable in his own skin, and in a way … like an actor. Not only is this saga huge in the world of baseball, but is grabbing headlines all over the country.   It’s just crazy. The end is near for Rodriguez, and it is going to be very, very ugly.
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