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Outside the Boxscore:
There’s a time in every baseball season
when a team knows it isn’t going to make the playoffs. For the Baltimore
Orioles that time was this week as they suffered two home defeats to AL East
Although Baltimore earned a game back on
Thursday night, the 2-1 series defeat only extends the gap between them and
second-place Tampa Bay, who now look certain to finish second and clinch a
For Baltimore Orioles fans gambling with
www.betfair.com, this day has been coming for some time. Since the All-Star
Game Buck Showalter’s men have pitched poorly and not had the sort of offensive
threat that won them numerous early-season series. Chris Tillman (15-4) is the
only regular performer in the starting rotation, with Miguel Gonzalez (8-6) and
Jason Hammel (7-8) faltering, while Wei-Yin Chen (7-7) is unable to recreate
his former prowess at the mound. The closers are also unreliable and were
exposed Wednesday as Baltimore lost a two-run lead in the seventh.
Now, 6.5 games behind Boston and 2.5 off
the Rays (as of Friday morning), Baltimore are too far away to catch their
rivals. Their pitching has let them down and Betfair pundits know it. In fact,
backing the Os to win a game is not a wise option, for there is no knowing how
Showalter’s rotation and bullpen will fare.
Instead, both punters and players should
focus on Chris Davis and this Os offense. The Texan is on course to break the AL
home-run record of 61. On Wednesday Davis hit his season-leading 47th
homer of the campaign and a day later made his 95th run. He is on
course to challenge for the Triple Crown with Miguel Cabrera and should win the
MVP award if he does.
For the good of the player – who has
dragged Baltimore over the line numerous times this season – and the profile of
the team, the Os should focus on getting Davis those records. The hitter can
earn his HR mark himself but racking up the RBIs requires a consistent offensive
team to help.
Baltimore have the offense in Adam Jones
(161 hits), Nick Markakis (143) and Manny Machado (167)
capable of aiding Davis and, while there is now no hope of a playoff place, the
team still has a reason to play ball this September.
Article written by Joe Short
Chris Davis image courtesy of Getty Images
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