During the 2014 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “9-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, evaluating the club in nine-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next nine games on the schedule.
To hear the full explanation of the “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Tuesday’s show, click HERE.
1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 5-4 mark?
2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Steve Clevenger; LVP – Manny Machado
Luke: MVP – Steve Pearce; LVP – David Lough
3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Chris Davis, Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis combining for just eight home runs through 36 games.
Luke: Steve Pearce and Steve Clevenger producing the way that they have
4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Drew: The Orioles did more than hold their own while Chris Davis was on the disabled list
Luke: Chris Davis being back in the lineup from a strained oblique after only 15 days
5. Nine games from now…
Drew: The Tommy Hunter closer debate will really heat up
Luke: The Orioles will have added a viable backup catcher option to go with Steve Clevenger
6. Record in the next nine games (two with Detroit, four at Kansas City, two at Pittsburgh, one with Cleveland)
7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Manny Machado; Falling – Tommy Hunter
Luke: Rising – Chris Davis; Falling – Steve Clevenger
8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 28-36