Thursday, August 3, 2017

Talking About the Orioles


From MLB.com
I attended another Orioles game last evening and was pleasantly surprised about the sense of urgency the team displayed in dispatching the Kansas City Royals in a 6-0 shutout.

With 55 games remaining in the regular season, the Orioles have come alive. They swept the Royals by winning the game last evening. The Royals had come into Camden Yards as one of the hottest teams in baseball. They are one of the three teams that the Orioles must catch and pass to earn a ticket to the post-season. The Orioles are now just 2.5 games out of a wild card spot!

The Orioles did their jobs! I watched a game with great pitching, good fielding, and most importantly I saw the Orioles score 6 runs and they hit only one homer! The Orioles are learning to move around the bases with clutch hitting and not relying on the long ball to get the job done. 

Did I mention awesome pitching? The Orioles latest acquisition, Jeremy Hellickson, pitched seven shut-out innings and turned the game over to the resurgent bullpen to secure the win!

Since the debacle that was June and July, the Orioles starting pitchers have arrived and begun controlling games, the bullpen has stabilized with the return of Zach Britton and Darren O'Day, and the hitters are not slugging for the fences but are getting timely hits. The result? They are on a 5 game winning streak and have won 7 of their past 10 games. They are 11-5 in their past 16 games! Just saying. 

Winning the division is still a possibility!

Bring on October!

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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