After he saw his team score three runs or less for the 18th time over 33 games and get swept by Tampa, manager Buck Showalter talked about some balls that were hit hard and said “the worm will turn.”
Luke Scott echoed those comments in the quiet of the Orioles’ clubhouse, but also said the team-wide offensive slump is wearing on him.
“We’re humans,” Scott said. “I take a lot of pride in what I do and I speak for a lot of these guys. We come prepared as a group and we want to see fruit from our labor on the field.
“For me, I lose sleep over this stuff. It bothers me. Do I have peace during it? Yes, because I know I have done everything I can possibly do. Get in the weight room, get in the cage and take care of my body.
“It’s going to turn for us. If these are our low moments, with everyone struggling, imagine what it’s going to be like when we are clicking. That is what we are looking forward to,” Scott said.
The Orioles have scored just eight runs during a four-game losing streak and are now 2-16 when scoring three or fewer runs. They have now gone 35 consecutive innings without leading and were outscored 19-7 in this series.
How can the players try to change this and get the offense going?
“Our preparation just needs to be consistent as we have been. Guys are getting here early, getting their work in the cage and breaking down film.
“It is frustrating and there is a sense, I’m guilty of it too, of trying to hit the five-run home run. Trying to do too much. That is what makes this game tough. But it won’t play into your hands if you take that path,” Scott added.
“We have hit some balls hard right at people and things have not gone our way yet. We are definitely underachieving. We can do a whole lot better than what we are doing. It will happen,” he said.
Catcher Matt Wieters, who drove in two runs with a fourth-inning double, said pitcher Brad Bergesen was throwing well early on, but could not maintain it.
“He was good early. He had sink and he was throwing downhill. Then he got a little flat and thigh-high (with his pitches) there in the middle of the game. If you do that, they will put some balls in play and put some balls in play hard. Next outing he will have to try and stay down with sink for more of the game,” Wieters said of Bergesen, who falls to 0-4 with an ERA of 5.57.
Wieters, who began the year going 7-for-7 when batting with runners in scoring position, is now 10-for-15 with RISP with two doubles, three homers and 18 RBIs.