Michael Morse struggles with the Orioles

Michael Morse struggles with the Orioles
September 14, 2013, 2:30 pm
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There were a lot of happy readers in the Baltimore-Washington area when the Orioles acquired Michael Morse the Seattle Mariners two weeks ago.

Morse was a baseball rarity, a late-bloomer, who didn’t become a regular until he was 28, and had three solid seasons with the Nationals.

He was traded to Seattle over the winter, and after a good start, things went south. Morse was out for five weeks with a quad injury, and he’s a horrifying 6-for-55. Since May 27, the power hitter has just two home runs and six RBIs.

Morse is hitless in his last 16 at-bats for the Orioles after getting three hits in his first five at-bats. He’s 0-for-14 in Baltimore as an Oriole.

Morse’s walkup song “Take on Me” is still played, but not in every at-bat.

Fortunately for the Orioles, the player they traded for Morse, Xavier Avery was expendable and not likely to be called up this month.