Baltimore Orioles: Big series in the Motor City

The Baltimore Orioles motor into Detroit this evening to open a three-game series. However this isn’t just any three-game set – the very soul of the season may well be on the line for the Birds. And I don’t say that lightly. You can’t win a division in April (although Boston and the New York Mets seem to think you can), but you can certainly lose one.

And it’s interested that I brought up Boston above. The Orioles aren’t the only team on which they’ve beaten up this year, obviously since they’re 12-2. As good of a team as they are, they’ve probably over-achieved a bit thus far. And the Orioles, while not perfect, aren’t as bad as they’ve looked. However they’ve under-achieved thus far.

But it’s also fair to look at the teams’ schedules and compare them a bit. Boston got Tampa twice, Miami, New York (Yankees), and the Orioles. The Birds got Minnesota, Houston, New York (Yankees), Toronto, and Boston. Boston’s had a much lighter schedule – on paper that is.

For the firs time, the O’s will get to play a series starting tonight in which they’re playing an opponent that they should handle mightily. Now I say that with a fair amount of trepidation, as the games aren’t played on paper. They just aren’t. Detroit could well decide to take up that mantle of over-achieving, and take the fight straight to the Orioles tonight and for the remainder of the week. But the Orioles have to find a way to make sure that doesn’t happen.

And that means zeroing in on the strike zone, and anticipating pitches better than they’ve done. This season isn’t over by a long shot, and the battle to get back in has to start tonight. Incidentally regarding the schedule, the O’s have only played six home games thus far. Now granted they’ve only won two of them, but in reality it’s almost like a three-week road trip given the fact that they could never really unpack and stay awhile.

That changes after this series, as the O’s will play their longest home stand of the season. But there’s little relief in that right off the bat, as Cleveland comes in this weekend. But following them they’ll see Tampa and then Detroit again. But all of these games are only worth anything to the Birds if they can win most of them – and again, that effort must start tonight.

The series opens this evening at Comerica Park in Detroit. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Francisco Liriano. Game time is set for just after 6:30 PM.

20 Comments

Should a 5-11 team really be taking a “this is a get-well series” type of attitude? The Tigers are fulling capable of beating the O’s.

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Yes, in fact they are. Anyone’s capable of beating anyone on any given day! But I think that overall the O’s are a better team than Detroit. We’ll see what happens this week. Thanks for reading!

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you seem to be rather arrogant and do you read your blog before you send it out alot of words that are not spelled correctly

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Maybe you could enlighten me as to which words I’ve misspelled. Because the formatting program I use to publish the column daily includes a spell checker. First off I know that I’m a gifted speller as it is – figured if you’re going to call me arrogant I might as well get my money’s worth. However if there’s no red in the column that tells me that my spelling is correct. So again, if you could provide concise examples of my misspelling I’d be much obliged. Thanks for reading!

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read before you post your blog period end of story thanks for readibg

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Whoa chief let’s hold it up for a moment – “thanks for reading?!” Thanks for reading what, my own column? How about this…maybe I could email you my column before sending it out so that you can proof read it. Would that work? Because your own knowledge of grammar and spelling really shows through in your commentary. Either that, or maybe tell me what I need to watch out for before I’m posting. Again, your knowledge of writing and grammar are obviously superior.

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i spelled reading like that so you wouldnt feel as dumb when it comes to proper spelling now go away peasant

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Uh, I’m the peasant? I’d love to see you publish a column like this daily. Would you even know the first thing about covering a big league team? Probably not. That’s what I do. And trust me when I say I know what I’m doing. In sum, this is MY COLUMN. If you don’t like it for whatever reason, please don’t read. Thank you, Simpleton.

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I sincerely apologize for the decorum of my brother, Tom. We’re about to have him institutionalized. Sincere apologies.

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Thank you, Bob. It’s all in good fun, right?! I hope your brother gets the care he needs. Thanks for reading!

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thank you i will let him know your sentiments! He’s in all of our prayers.

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I imagine so.

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why would you change all my brothers posts you gutless coward you and your blogs suck

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I haven’t changed anything. But I would invite you to go elsewhere for your Orioles news. Obviously my work doesn’t measure up to your standards. Or DOWN to your standards. Whichever.

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i would go elsewhere but when i need a good LAUGH your blog is #1 in my book case closed

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If you would tell me what I’m doing wrong I could fix it. Or are you just an uneducated troll? Because that’s how you come across.

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I really like your writing. Hope the O’s get it together!

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Thank you, Frank. I appreciate that! I think they will – give them time. There’s too much talent on the team for them to continue as they are. Good players don’t just turn no good overnight. These guys are veterans and they have mileage on them. Translated, not their first go-around. Thanks for reading!

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i don’t feel that you are to much of a cheerleader to me i will always get my orioles news from you good luck

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Thank you! I know you aren’t the real John Steadman because he’s been dead for years. But coming from someone who takes the name of Baltimore’s most famous sports writer, that means a lot. Thanks for reading!

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