The Baltimore Orioles (23-22) have finally come to a skid in the road on their path to securing a division title and a postseason berth.
As was to be expected, the Orioles' weaknesses of an underperforming offense and an unreliable starting rotation are finally catching up to them, as they are 3-7 over their last 10 games played, which included a three-game sweep at the hands of the visiting Detroit Tigers early last week.
The offense will eventually come around to playing up to their potential as every piece of their optimal lineup is currently healthy, with the lone exception being Matt Wieters, who is currently still on the DL with a right elbow strain and won't be activated even when he becomes eligible on May 26. Manny Machado could possibly be back on the DL as well, as he left last night's contest with right groin stiffness.
However, the Orioles still have holes to patch up in the pitching department and they could call upon one of their top prospects in Kevin Gausman again or bring up any of the other pitching prospects to improve upon a bullpen that ranks 14th in the majors.
It's been a mix of performances for the Orioles' top 10 prospects in Week 7, which includes a recent draftee's bat heating up and a few highly rated right-handers leaving the mound early with high run totals.
Prospect rankings according to BaseballAmerica.com.
Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.