Winning Streak Could Impact Duquette's Decision Making
As the July 31 Major League Baseball trade deadline gets closer, the Baltimore Orioles are facing tough decisions.
The Birds won their fifth straight game Sunday, beating the Indians, 4-3. Zach Britton gave up no runs and four hits during six innings. After struggling so badly for the first two weeks of July, the Orioles are now seven games higher than a .500 record. All of this has coincided with a three-game losing streak from the New York Yankees, and the Los Angeles Angels have cooled off. The Birds are now tied with Los Angeles for a wild card slot.
Chris Tillman shined on Saturday, following a pretty strong outing from Miguel Gonzalez on Friday.
The Orioles have few legitimate trade chips. Once again, Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy are off the table. The Orioles' future still isn't secure, and the Orioles are so up and down week to week. They don't play like legitimate contenders consistently enough.
As I've said throughout the last two weeks, Dan Duquette faces tough decisions, and this most recent streak isn't going to make that any easier.
Posted July 22, 2012