Perfect storm or bad play?

Have you ever seen the movie The Perfect Storm, where everything that can go wrong weather-wise does all at once, creating catastrophe?

Would you say the Orioles have been caught in the perfect storm this season? Or is the fact that they have the worst record in baseball a result of much more than uncontrollable events? In other words do you not buy into using the injuries as an excuse for the losing?

One thing is for sure: the only thing the O's have done perfectly this year is endure misfortune and underachieving.

As for the misfortune, it really is a laundry list. In less than two months the Orioles have lost four relievers to injury: Michael Gonzalez, Jim Johnson, Koji Uehara, and Alfredo Simon. Plus the man Andy MacPhail called "the first guy out of the shoot" from the minor leagues, Luis Lebron.

They've gotten zero production out of first base with Garret Atkins, the $4.5 million dollar free agent batting just .219.

Their All-Star second baseman and lead-off man Brian Roberts is on the 60-day DL, and their hottest hitter in spring training, Felix Pie, is sitting there right next to him.

The two young players the Orioles felt held the most promise on the club (Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold) have both underachieved and failed to develop at the rate the club had anticipated. It looks like Jones is picking up, however, hitting .316 in his last 10 games.

Their highly touted catcher hasn't quite shown the power the O's had hoped for (4 HRs), nor the batting average (.257), considering how hot he was last September hitting .333 with 4 homers.

Also, in a year when the O's really need their young starting pitching to make that step to the next level, both Brian Matusz and Brad Bergesen have recently taken steps backward. Both have ERA's over 5.25. Matusz didn't get out of the third inning in his last start and Bergesen has given up 10-plus hits in his last two starts.

So basically everything the Orioles have counted on this year has fallen through.

The only pleasant surprise? Ty Wigginton. Who would have thought the O's projected utility man in 2010 would be one of the frontrunners to represent the Birds in the All-Star Game?