It seems just like last month (wait a sec, it was last month) when the O's were over .500 and James Baldwin was pitching extremely well as a long-reliever out of the 'pen.
Then the walls came tumbling down. Baldwin was designated for assigment in advance of the impending A.J. Burnett trade that never happened. It was soon after Baldwin was claimed by the Rangers that Ponson and Cabrera both got hurt, Lopez and Chen forget how to pitch past the third-inning, and the bullpen was stretched too thin. There were too many innings to go around, and the team has paid a price for it ever since.
I do not think that the Baldwin move was the one thing that brough the Orioles to where they are today, but Baldwin's presence in the bullpen would have made a bad roster situation much easier to deal with.