Baltimore Orioles Inside Pitch 2009-09-04

It's beginning to look like another ugly finish.

The Orioles have begun their annual tailspin to Game No. 162, entering Friday's series opener against Texas having lost three straight.

Baltimore plays 22 of its final 28 against teams with winning records -- all of which are fighting for playoff spots.

The Orioles were hoping to finish on an upswing this season. Now it looks as if they'll come close to losing 100 games for the first time since going 54-107 in 1988, and just the second time since moving to Baltimore in 1954.

Manager Dave Trembley is in the final year of his contract and may not be retained. Wednesday night, he let his frustrations boil over after the club's ninth-inning collapse, when he began to complain about noise coming from players' children laughing and playing outside the interview room.

His frustrations are understandable. Trembley has lost his cleanup hitter and closer. His lone All-Star might be out for the remainder of the season. His best pitcher -- rookie Brad Bergesen -- is out for the year. His most consistent starters since Aug. 1 -- rookies Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman -- likely will be shut down to limit their innings in the next two weeks.

Ten more losses would give the Orioles a 90-loss campaign for the fourth straight year. Twenty more would give them 100, and possibly the top draft pick in June 2010.

Only the Nationals (46-88), Royals (51-82) and Pirates (53-79) stand to challenge the Orioles (54-80) for the worst record in baseball.

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Added: September 4, 2009