Which worries you the most: O's offense, defense, rotation or bullpen?
Just watched the Orioles get their brains beat in by the Boston Red Sox, 14-6.
Are you sure it isn’t May yet?
Seriously, we all know about the Orioles’ struggles in the past 12 years. But it just seems to get magnified when they play the Red Sox – even more than it does when they play the New York Yankees.
Chew on this unsavory tidbit: The Orioles are 17-55 in the past four regular seasons against the Red Sox. That’s not a cruel, cruel April Fool’s joke. Sorry.
The Orioles are 28-45 against the Yankees. Practically dominating in comparison.
I know I have ruined your appetite, but hopefully you are still willing to drown your sorrows.
Anyway, there was a whole lot to make an Orioles fan shiver after this one – the fourth to last before the games count – in sunny Florida.
The starting lineup, sans only a sick Adam Jones, managed just three hits in seven innings against Red Sox starter Jon Lester. Felix Pie is the only regular batting over .300.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox bashed Jason Berken and Jim Johnson, two members of the Orioles’ Opening Day bullpen.
And Robert Andino, who made the team as a utility infielder because he can play shortstop, made two errors at the position and has four on the season.
Yes, it’s only spring training. So no reason to sound the alarm yet. But ... it might be coming in a few weeks.
Here’s my question: Based on what you have read, heard or seen, which part of the Orioles concerns you the most? Is it the offense, defense, rotation or bullpen?
Mine is the bullpen. Closer Mike Gonzalez hasn’t looked sharp – though he pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday -- and neither has Johnson, his setup man. The other setup man, Koji Uehara, will start the season on the disabled list. And the young power arm the Orioles were counting on, Kam Mickolio, won’t make the team.
I think the offense has enough quality talent that it will be fine. And the rotation will take its lumps at times – for sure. But the bullpen? That gets my vote.
Daily Think Special: Which worries you the most: O’s offense, defense, rotation or bullpen?