You have obviously not watched many games at AT&T or Chase Field. Both the Giants and Dbacks have been murder at home historically. Luckily, The Birds caught the Giants having an off year at home while the Snakes have been red hot at their friendly confines. If you looked at the schedule at the beginning of the year, a realist would have been happy to gain a split in the six games and even a .500 road trip would be OK which the O's got. What is so painful is the way the O's lost those three games in Arizona.
"...the way they've played over the past few weeks has been less than inspiring." The same is true of all the teams in the AL East as the record clearly shows.
They should have swept in both SF and Arizona. If they had, they would have probably been in 2n
LOL...I just made a comment a few days ago about going to see the O's in SF.
Arizona has been good this year at home - but hardly the best. It doesn't change the fact that they blew 3 games where they had the lead.
SF is only .500 at home this year.
"Historically" only matters for the year you're playing in. It's like saying that the O's are going to win the World Series this year because they went to the WS 6 times from the 60's to the early 80's.
The O's are a very good team that aren't doing what it takes to get to the playoffs this year - such as holding leads, stringing together big innings (second half), and keeping mistakes to a minimum (second half).
In the past few seasons, this team lit a fire even when they weren't in contention.
This year, they seem flat.
Watch a team play without orange-colored glasses, it helps to give perspective.