Orioles: Walking a tightwire
The Orioles enter tonight's game ranked fifth in the major leagues with 43 runs. That's also fifth in the American League, since the top four teams are the Blue Jays (54), Tigers (47), Rangers (47) and Rays (44). That's pretty good. Even better, if you go by average runs per game, the O's move up to third (6.14).
Now, for the flipside. The Orioles also entered tonight's game ranked fifth in the major leagues in most runs allowed (45). That's not so good and it's plenty of reason for the club to feel fortunate to have won five of its first seven games.
It's also reason for fans to wonder if the Orioles will do something to shore up the staff soon. If so, it will be from within the organization. Club officials say there is no interest in bringing somebody in from outside right now, which means you can stop clamoring for the O's to sign Pedro Martinez. The next guy up will probably be Brad Bergesen if the club needs to fill a slot in the rotation, though the front office still is holding out hope that Rich Hill will show up by early May.
If the issue is long relief, I wouldn't mind seeing David Hernandez get a chance to come up and fill that role.
Schmuck multimedia overload: Look for my column on the wide production gap between the Orioles lineup and pitching staff later tonight at baltimoresun.com and in the print edition Wednesday. Also, be sure and join me tonight for Sportsline on WBAL (1090 AM).