All right, you knew this was coming. When the national media start compiling their trading deadline winners and losers, which list do you think the Orioles end up on?
At SI.com, Jay Jaffee doesnt rank the losers; he just lists them in alphabetical order. So that makes the Baltimore Orioles second.
Jaffe writes: Their 51 run differential heading into Wednesdays game still suggests theyre more pretender than contender. With a rotation that ranks 10th in the league in ERA at 4.73, they would have been helped only so much by the addition of Joe Blanton.
But the issues went beyond pitching.
They also missed an opportunity to shore up any one of a number of positions first base, second base, left field that they could have used offensive help. It wouldnt have made sense to deal blue-chippers Dylan Bundy or Manny Machado, but for general manager Dan Duquette to do nothing that would at least increase the odds that they finish over .500 for the first time since 1997 was a missed opportunity.
FoxSports.com came to the same conclusion, that the Os needed to get a move done, given the unexpectedly positive tone surrounding their season overall. Baltimore needed more significant July upgrades than Jim Thome and Omar Quintanilla in order to make a serious playoff push.
And once more, from SportingNews.com: Blanton is nothing special but would have been an upgrade to a Baltimore rotation that has one healthy starter with a sub-4.46 ERA.
Yes, yes and yes. We agree it was extremely discouraging for the Orioles postseason aspirations to see no moves this week. Regardless of how much difference Blanton would have made overall, he would have been something. And that would have meant a sign of trying to take a real shot this year.