O's glass half empty

Stuck again in 4th place, inconsistent team could see roster changes after break

Midseason Report: Orioles

July 13, 2006|By JEFF ZREBIEC | JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER

THE WISHFUL THINKING THAT ENVELOPED THE ORIOLES — Set to start the second half of the baseball season tonight, the Orioles are where most prognosticators expected them to be - in fourth place in the American League East, far removed from the playoff picture and on pace for a ninth straight losing season.

The wishful thinking that enveloped the Orioles - and almost every other team - in the spring is long gone, leaving the club with continued mediocrity, a lack of depth, inconsistent pitching and a flawed roster that could look substantially different by the end of this month.

"Our feeling was that after the first half of last year, if we made a couple of key trades and some key free-agent signings and we did, we'd be a little closer than we are," said Orioles vice president Jim Duquette. "We think that we improved ourselves, but obviously, a lot of other teams did, too. The record speaks for itself. We are eight games under .500 and you never want to be there. That's the disappointing thing."

Rangers@Orioles Tonight, 7:05, Comcast SportsNet, 1090 AM Starters: Rangers' Vicente Padilla (8-5, 4.44) vs. Orioles' Daniel Cabrera (4-6, 5.15)

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