During the 2012 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The Morning Reaction will provide the “10-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, rating the club in 10-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next 10 games on the schedule.
(Editor’s note: This does not include the final two games of the weekend series with the Nationals as the end of the 10-game segment occurred with Friday’s game.)
To hear the full explanation from Monday morning, click HERE.
1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 6-4 mark?
2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Jason Hammel; LVP – Chris Davis
Luke: MVP – Jason Hammel; LVP – Kevin Gregg
3. Biggest surprise
Drew: Brian Roberts staying healthy and playing at a respectable level
Luke: The immense struggles of the offense
4. Best thing about the 10-game stretch
Drew: The starting pitching keeping the Orioles in games despite not scoring many runs.
Luke: Jake Arrieta reemerging after looking like he was on a fast track to Triple-A Norfolk.
5. Ten games from now…
Drew: The Orioles will be tied for first place or better in the AL East.
Luke: The club will eagerly welcome back Nick Markakis from the disabled list.
6. Record in the next 10 games (**1-1 already against Washington**, two with Angels, four with Cleveland, two at Seattle)
7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Adam Jones; Falling – Steve Pearce
Luke: Rising – J.J. Hardy; Falling – Jason Hammel
8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 61-70