Morning Reaction Orioles 10-Game Scorecard (Games 86-95)

July 23, 2012 | Luke Jones

After a hiatus covering vacation time and the All-Star break, the Orioles “10-Game Scorecard” returns for the second half of the season.

As was the case in the first half, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones rate the club in 10-game increments in a number of categories and begin looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next 10 games on the schedule.

To hear the full explanation from Monday morning, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 6-4 mark?
Drew: Better
Luke: Worse

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Drew: MVP – Nick Markakis; LVP – Jim Johnson
Luke: MVP – Nick Markakis; LVP – Luis Ayala

3. Biggest surprise
Drew: The Orioles bouncing back after the embarrassing 19-7 loss in Minnesota
Luke: The excellent run through the starting rotation over the last five games

4. Best thing about the 10-game stretch
Drew: Nick Markakis stabilizing the leadoff spot
Luke: Nick Markakis showing no lingering effects of wrist surgery

5. Ten games from now…
Drew: The Orioles will still be in the thick of the playoff race.
Luke: The club will not have added any impact starting pitchers at the deadline.

6. Record in the next 10 games (one at Cleveland, three with Tampa Bay, three with Oakland, three at New York)
Drew: 5-5
Luke: 4-6

7. Stock rising/falling over the next 10 games
Drew: Rising – Wilson Betemit (offensively); Falling – Miguel Gonzalez
Luke: Rising – Zach Britton; Falling – Chris Tillman

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 86-95
Drew: A
Luke: B+