Thursday, June 21, 2012

Orioles Swept Away in New York and the Pitching...

It has not been a very good week for the Baltimore Orioles up in the Big Apple. They did not get beat by the rival Yankees; however, the surprising New York Mets swept the Birds over a three-game set.

Baltimore’s offense got stifled by the phenomenal knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and the veteran Johan Santana in the first two games; however, they made it close in the final contest. As much as the offense struggled, I’m not too worried about that and ready to push ‘red alert’ button on that front.

Sadly, we as fans should definitely still be worried about the starting pitching for the Orioles. Obviously, Wei-Yin Chen and Jason Hammel have been the bedrock of the starting rotation; however, the youngsters of the rotation – Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta and Tommy Hunter – have shown some flashes of brilliance throughout the season, but have battled through inconsistency. In the end, all three have shown some highly mixed results on the mound.

The Orioles are 39-30, in second place in the American League East, and have a very legitimate shot to finish over .500 for the first time in more than a decade. Furthermore, they have a chance for one of the playoff spots in the division and have fans talking about baseball this summer rather than moving their collective attention to the Baltimore Ravens and the other teams in the NFL.

They have made waves this week – at least in the media – concerning some potential moves to be made on the pitching front.

Of course, the Orioles are linked to the Chicago Cubs – their annual trade partners in the past – with pitchers Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza. A lot needs to happen for a deal to happen, but we fans should be exited that the Orioles are looking to be buyers – instead of sellers.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tommy Hunter is a Rangers reject . I have faith in the O's . Have some good players old and new . Some really good pitching coming from releif as in Strop and O'day both seem to have fit in nicely here.

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