Baltimore Orioles fans may be left wondering how much has changed in just a week’s time, as they watched their team fall from first place to third place in the American League East in just a matter of days. 

Houston Astros starting pitcher Joe Musgrove, right, tags out Baltimore Orioles’ Jonathan Schoop during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 26, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Baltimore held a half-game lead over the rest of the division back on May 20. But the Orioles went on to lose six straight games in the next seven days, pushing them behind the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. 

The Orioles had a 25-22 overall record as of May 27, three and a half games behind the Yankees at 28-18 and a game and a half behind Boston at 27-21. 

The six-game losing skid can almost totally be attributed to a lack of scoring from Baltimore’s offense. The Orioles were completely shut out in two of the six losses, and scored three or fewer runs in all but one of the six.  

The only game Baltimore’s offense showed up for was a 14-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins on May 22. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez threw a stinker, allowing nine hits and six runs in just four innings of work.

Otherwise, the pitching staff did its job in every other game, but was left high and dry by the Orioles lack of production at the plate. That was evident in a 2-0 loss to the Houston Astros on May 26. Houston only scored two runs, but the Orioles generated no runs on seven hits.

It’s been the same story for most of the season. For some odd reason, Baltimore’s once-explosive offense has been non-existent. Many initially brushed it off as just a weird funk that the Orioles would eventually break out of. But it’s been two full months now and Baltimore’s bats are still underachieving. 

It’s a long season, so perhaps there may be no reason to panic. But at this point, there’s no denying a cause for some concern. The offense has to wake up and start playing more consistently, or the Birds risk a deeper dive in the standings.