The best question of the day - and I know it’s early, so the voting isn’t complete - came from the fan who asked, “At what point do the O’s become lovable?”
They might lean more toward the frustrating side right now.
Or the infuriating side.
Perhaps something stronger.
Last night’s loss bled into so many others. The offense mostly sputtered, a key play wasn’t made in the field, a good start was wasted, the bullpen collapsed late.
I’ve seen this movie more times than GoodFellas.
Matt Wieters had another brutal night at the plate, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout to drop his average to a season-low .226 with a .615 OPS.
Wieters swung at the first pitch twice last night, grounding into a double play to end one rally and flying out to right field. He flied to left on a 2-2 pitch with one out in the ninth and Ty Wigginton on second base, but Julio Lugo followed with a tie-breaking single.
The Padres followed with the heartbreaking rally in the bottom of the ninth.
Wieters has totaled one home run and four RBIs since May 5. Nick Markakis didn’t name anyone specific during his rant about poor offensive approaches and planning, but Wieters looks like a guy who needs a better approach and a plan.
He can find them in the majors, rather than Triple-A, but I’m not sure why it’s taking so long.
I didn’t expect him to hit .400 and break single-season home run records in his first full season, but I also wasn’t prepared for him to struggle so mightily.
Maybe I need a better plan.