If the sting from Koji Uehara’s blown save on Wednesday still hasn’t subsided, you might want to consider making an appointment with a dermatologist. Also consider that the Orioles have won five of their last six games and nine of their last 13.
That’s a pretty good stretch from the team with the worst record in the American League.
How much longer will the Orioles hold that distinction?
Their record currently stands at 54-87. The Seattle Mariners, a team that was championed over the winter for spending money and being so active, are 55-86.
The Kansas City Royals, who continue to be...well...the Kansas City Royals, are 57-83 and a half-game behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, bless their hearts, are 47-93 and hell-bent on finishing with the worst record in baseball. The only time they man up is when their ineptitude is challenged.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 57-84, but it’s a dry heat.
I guess manager Buck Showalter doesn’t care about that first pick in the draft. Or the second. Or the third.
The Orioles are 22-14 since Showalter was hired. They’re in better health. I’m sure many fans would also claim that they’re in better hands.
Showalter gambled last night by giving Jake Fox a start at first base. Those career numbers against Armando Galarraga were impressive, but we’re not talking 18-for-20. We’re talking four at-bats. Showalter didn’t necessarily have to be swayed, but he pried Fox off the bench and was rewarded with a two-run homer.
Also, giving David Hernandez a shot in a tie game, rather than easing the reliever back into major league competition, was pretty bold and left Showalter wide-open to second guessing if Austin Jackson scored from third base after the leadoff triple. But Hernandez escaped the jam with a pop up and two strikeouts.
Now that’s manning up.
Who needs the first pick?
Or the second? Or the third?