Orioles break even
Certainly can't get too excited about splitting a four-game series at home against the Kansas City Royals, but I guess it beats the alternative after the Orioles continued their post-All-Star break RISP slump in the first two games.
Throw in the injury to Brad Bergesen, even if it doesn't cost him a start, and Orioles fans just have look at the split and say "we'll take it" and move on to the weekend series against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. John Smoltz, the only Red Sox pitcher the Orioles beat in last week's series at Fenway Park, will face Jeremy Guthrie in the opener.
There were some good signs today, most notably the big three-run double by Aubrey Huff that really opened things up. Matt Wieters extended his hitting streak to seven games and the Orioles again kept the heat on in the late innings, But, at the risk of seeming negative, everybody has kept the heat on the Royals bullpen, which has run up the highest ERA in the major leagues.