After sweep in New York, where do the Orioles go from here?

With 68 games to play in the 2015 regular season, it may not be time to punt the season. But it may be time to consider making some changes.

The current group has played 94 games and has a losing record. While the Orioles were not healthy for much of this year, they have gotten some players back now and are still not winning.

The offense, while producing similar numbers to last year's team overall, is incredibly inconsistent. After averaging 5.3 runs per game in June, the Orioles are at 3.2 in July. The starting rotation ERA is 4.34 after yesterday.

JJ Hardy swinging gray.jpgThe Orioles have losing records on the road, in July, in one-run games and, take away their 9-4 record against Boston, versus the other three American League East teams.

Could this team still make a run? Yes. Are they close enough to get a Wild Card berth? Certainly. But 94 games has not provided enough evidence that either will happen.

So my thought is this: Rather than try to buy players by trading Orioles prospects, let's see what some of those prospects can do. Is that giving up on this season? No, because the current club has a losing record and is 5-14 the past 19 games.

Maybe the time has come for some combination of players from the minors to get a long look, players like Dariel Alvarez, Christian Walker, Mike Wright, Tyler Wilson, Henry Urrutia, Mychal Givens and Oliver Drake, when healthy.

We've seen all of these players, except Alvarez, at some point before, and all have shown the potential to help the major league team. There are more on the farm that might deserve a shot, but that list provides a good starting point.

It seems that Orioles management has not been thrilled to see an outlet like Baseball America rank their farm system No. 29 in baseball. Maybe it's time to see if some of these players can prove that ranking wrong.

Buck Showalter has said he likes to see the club try to solve its problems from within. Well, the 2015 Orioles have some problems to solve.

I'm not talking about a massive or immediate roster overhaul. But how about a transitioning of the roster over the next few weeks?

Some of these players could provide a spark or lift to the 2015 Orioles and maybe prove they can be part of a winning future. This is a team in transition for next year with so many pending free agents. Why not take a look at some of this talent now to get a better handle on whether they can help moving forward?

While all the recent talk has been about possilbly selling off some of those pending free agents, what about giving a shot to players already here, some that have paid their dues on the farm for years and played well enough to get a shot?

Another good day on the farm:

* Triple-A Norfolk beat Pawtucket 5-4 as Alvarez gave the Tides the lead with a two-run double in the seventh. The Tides trailed 4-0 after the first inning, as Wilson made the start but settled down after that to pitch seven innings, improving to 4-5 with a 3.31 ERA. Norfolk is 56-41 and a season-high 15 games over .500.

With the win, Norfolk picked up a four-game sweep of the Pawsox for the first time since Aug. 28-31, 1995, when Norfolk won four consecutive games at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket. The Tides had not swept a four-game home series from the Red Sox since 1975, when the Tidewater Tides swept a series at Metropolitan Park.

* Double-A Bowie won 6-2 at Harrisburg as right-hander Joe Gunkel allowed three hits and two runs over seven innings. Gunkel, from nearby Hershey, Pa., has won all four road starts since joining Bowie. The Baysox tied a club record with three triples for the first time since July 31, 2011 at New Britain. Trey Mancini and Brandon Snyder each had a triple and two RBIs. Mancini is now batting .350.

* Single-A Frederick scored two in the ninth to win 3-1 at Potomac and win a pitchers' duel between Keys starter David Hess and Lucas Giolito, baseball's top pitching prospect. Hess matched Giolito, and each hurler allowed a run over six innings.

Hess got a no-decision, but is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.24 his last five starts. The Orioles' fifth-round draft pick in 2014, he is the organization's No. 20 prospect according to Baseball America. Donnie Hart got the win to go 4-0 with an ERA of 0.87, and Cody Wheeler picked up his league-leading 16th save. The Keys have won nine of 11.

Chance Sisco went 2-for-3 with a solo homer against Giolito. That was the first homer allowed in 69 2/3 this season by Giolito.

* Single-A Delmarva won 5-2 at Charleston. The Shorebirds have won four in a row and nine of 11 games. Cam Kneeland went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Stephen Wilkerson was 1-for-3, and is batting .302. Starter Brian Gonzalez allowed two runs over six innings, and Garrett Cortright picked up his 10th save and lowered his ERA to 1.04.

* Short season Single-A Aberdeen beat State College 6-5 in a game that went 14 innings and took four hours and 36 minutes. Ricardo Andujar drove in three as Aberdeen had 14 hits. O's 2015 third-round pick Garrett Cleavinger got the win in relief. Cleavinger has started his pro career with seven scoreless, innings allowing just one hit.

* The GCL Orioles blanked the Twins 1-0 on a five-pitcher three-hitter. The O's second first-round pick this year, Ryan Mountcastle, went 1-for-3 and is batting .329.

Miranda to Bowie: Ariel Miranda, the 26-year-old Cuban left-hander signed by the Orioles on May 23, is moving quickly through the system. He pitched in one game for three innings June 22 for the GCL Orioles. Now, after five starts with Frederick, he has been promoted to Bowie.

Miranda went 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA in five starts with the Keys. In his last two starts, he was 1-0 with an ERA of 0.82. In his most recent start on Sunday, he pitched six no-hit innings with six strikeouts on 84 pitches versus Potomac. Miranda pitched for seven seasons in Cuba.

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