Orioles: It's about to get real
The Orioles are about to play the Toronto Blue Jays in their final game of the Grapefruit League season, leaving just a couple of workout days between the exhibition finale and the regular-season opener against the Rays at Tropicana Field. I'm just hoping the new Kevlar vests that have been ordered for the pitching staff will arrive in time.
The line drive that popped Brian Matusz on the left bicep probably won't cause him serious harm, but the Orioles didn't need another big question mark heading into the real games. They're still waiting to see how Brad Bergesen bounces back from that line drive off his right arm. He'll pitch in the squad game tomorrow, though it'll be hard to locate his pitches with his fingers crossed.
For the moment, only Jeremy Guthrie's name is written in ink as a starter in the opening serie, but things figure to be clearer tomorrow afternoon.
Today's lineup is pretty much what you're going to see on Opening Night, and it's a pretty formidable batting order. Once again, it's going to be about keeping enough of these guys healthy to score consistently. I know we say that every year, but it's because it's true...and fairly obvious.
By the way, I'm back from vacation, so I'll be posting more regularly, both here and on Orioles Insider. Thanks for your, er, patience.