Friday Bird Droppings

BOSTON, MA - JULY 07: Pedro Viola #47 of the Baltimore Orioles reacts after giving up his second home run in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox on July 7, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Well, it's just all sunshine and rainbows around the Orioles this week, isn't it? On to today's news...

Steve Melewski: Not expecting a repeat of last season for the Orioles
Ever the optimist, Steve Melewski strains mightily to find something that portends well for the Orioles going forward.

Orioles Insider: Rotation, Matusz, staff struggles, Guerrero/Lee, Hardy
"I have a real scary and disturbing thought to start your morning and I apologize in advance but here goes: As bad as the Orioles pitching has been lately, I can’t help but think that it could get a whole lot worse." Well, good morning to you, too, Mr. Zrbiec.

Orioles Insider: Is Arrieta the latest Orioles concern?
"Jake is out there, and you can see it. His tempo slows down, the wheels start turning," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I think he’s overthinking a lot of things and he’s just not getting in the rhythm of throwing the ball over the plate and trusting his stuff. It’s just not very good right now."

School of Roch: Talking about Adair and accountability
Roch defends Buck's handling of players during this epic collapse.

More sobering stats " Britt's Bird Watch
"Thursday’s loss marked the third time in four games the Orioles have  allowed 10 or more runs, a stretch in which they have been outscored 40-15. They also had the lead in three of those four games, which –depending on how you look at it — is even more frustrating."

Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn't make you who you are. it is the rest of your story, who you choose to be... So, who are you, Open Thread

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