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June 7, 2011

Orioles: Broom or bust

The Orioles got a very solid performance from spot starter Chris Jakubauskas tonight on the way to their fourth shutout victory of the year, but that isn't enough. They need to put the hammer down one more time on the slumping A's and inch closer to .500 before the weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

They'll face Jeremy Hellickson, David Price and Wade Davis, which means it's going to be a very difficult home series for a team that is averaging 3.3 runs in its last 11 games.

It would certainly help if Luke Scott is really breaking out again at the plate...and it would help even more if Nick Markakis could get his groove back. He hasn't had an extra-base hit in his last 84 at-bats and has just five singles in 40 at-bats over the last 10 games. He's got to snap out of this at some point. This weekend would be a particularly good time as the O's try go sneak up on .500 again.

Look for Zach Britton to snap a five-week winless streak today. He has lost three straight decisions, though his three no-decisions during that span were quality starts and one of them featured nine shutout innings. The Orioles were 2-1 in his no-decision games.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 10:19 PM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Just baseball


good win tonite, got the formula down-good pitching, good defense and 3 one-run homers...

So far I am not overly impressed with this draft. Our second choice is a third baseman who is good defensively but lacks consistency at the plate - why waste a high pick for a so-so talent.

But - this draft CAN BE SALVAGED IF, AND ONLY IF, THEY FIND A WAY TO SIGN NICK DELMONICO. This guy is a talent that might be in the "show" within a couple of years.

Orioles - go for this guy with all speed!!!!

I would love to see them sweep prior to Tampa coming in. I am not getting too excited as the A's are a worse offensive club than the O's who Bergesen, Tillman and the bullpen made them look like the Bronx Bombers in Oakland. The pitchers think they have to be too fine in order to compensate for the stuttering offense. I think Andino vs lefthanders and Hardy leading off today with the home run gave us some spark, and hopefully Britton will not have to pitch worrying about every pitch. I agree Pete, that Markakis has to get it going soon.

Real nice article regarding Bundy. Well done Peter, well done. I'm looking forward to keeping an eye on this kid once he gets on the hill somewhere.

Right now, I don't think Markakis will get it going. There comes a point when you have to say, what we see now is what we're going to see from now on. Maybe moving Nick out of the top three will help him, take some pressure off.

I like Hardy at one, when Andino bats one, let Hardy bat two. Move Nick into sixth or seventh. Reynolds heating up, for him, anyway, Wieters and Lee can also hide Nick.

Steve, the Orioles used this draft to sure up one of the major weak spots in their system, and that's pitching. They have several top of the rotation guys, and a couple front end of the bullpen types, what they don't have is significant depth. Many of their picks project to be middle rotation guys, and middle relievers. That's what they need. If Bundy pans out, their rotation should be set for years to come, but they'll still need the bullpen depth.

I agree, Delmonico is an inspired and somewhat surprising choice. They say he has signability issues, but if they throw enough money at him, he'll sign. The Orioles haven't been shy over the past several drafts about spending the money. In Bundy, Delmonico, and a couple of others, that money can translate into major league success.

I also like Esposito. Not only does he remind me of Tony and Phil, but he was considered a top round talent, who fell to the second round. He can play, no doubt, and he should develope power.

Overall, I think this was a solid draft, great if they sign Delmonico.

Pete, why is Markakis still hitting second? Right now, I think Lee should be hitting second and Markakis 6th behind Wieters. Or if Showalter wants to take the Maddon approach, hit Markakis leadoff, since Buck admitted the team doesn't have a prototypical leadoff hitter.

Just like he did when he put Nick at first, Buck needs to continue to shake things up for Nick until he gets more comfortable and finds a groove.

Hey Petey, welcome back. I’m jealous—haven’t been back out to the old stomping grounds in several years.

Naw, getting to .500 just seems to turn a switch that shuts off the bats, and the arms forget how to pitch. I think the O’s should languish a couple of games under .500 for the rest of the season, and then kick at the end to finish at .500. Smells like…….victory.

A few post back someone took you to task for saying that you were not a Baltimore sports fan. I’ve been curious to ask what the context of the statement was (if true that you said it), and, if so, was this on the air or something? His argument was that towns like Boston and NY would never put up with a columnist or beat writer who wasn’t a homer. I think the argument is kind of silly. I’d rather have someone covering the team who is critical, objective, and not in the owner’s pocket. For all the years Kenny was here you could tell he was still a closet Yankees fan, but he always made no bones about it that his son is a die-hard O’s fan, because this is where he learned to love the game. I’m not knocking you if you’re still an Angels fan, but I’d be curious to know what precipitated his tirade.

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