Bring on the Nats
The Nationals are supposed to be the elixir for whatever ails their opponents, but the Orioles can't take anything for granted when their designated interleague rivals come in for a three-game series that starts tonight at Camden Yards. The Orioles suddenly look helpless again. The Nats were no pushover in New York last week and they also won their weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays. They lost their most recent series to the Red Sox, but closed it out last night with a 9-3 victory.
It all depends on which Orioles team shows up, the one that swept the Phillies on the road over the weekend or the one that self-destructed in Miami. I'm going to guess that coming home -- and playing the team with the worst overall record in baseball -- should perk the Orioles right up.
More cowbell: In the meantime, if you need some cheering up, I've got a new "News Item" column posted on the Web site. Check it out here. If you still can't get enough Schmuck, I'll be cutting up on The Week in Review with Clarence Mitchell IV on WBAL(1090 AM) from noon to three.