June, a key month in determining Orioles progression

June 02, 2009 |

After defeating the Mariners and running their June record to 1-0, the Orioles will look to continue their winning ways throughout the  whole month.

For previous Orioles teams the month of June has been the time when they would start to fall way out of contention, but things could change for this version of the Orioles.

The month of June sets up very favorably for the Orioles and could have them leaving the cellar of the AL East by month’s end.

The first nine games of the month come against the Mariners and A’s who are a combined 43-58 overall. It is more then reasonable to think the Orioles can go 7-2 in this nine game stretch which would have them over .500 on the season.

Interleague play continues as the Orioles face Atlanta, who as of right now stand at 25-25. There is no reason to believe the O’s can’t take 2- of-3 at home against the Braves.

The  Orioles continue their run through the NL East as they face the Mets and Nationals at home and travel to Philadelphia and Florida before closing out the month at home against division rival Boston.

Despite their record, the Phillies are only 12-14 at home on the year, so the Orioles should not be intimidated when they arrive at Citizens Bank Ballpark on June 19th.

The Orioles are only 8-15 on the road, but that record could be much better after they finish the Seattle and Oakland road trip to begin the month.

The last team the Orioles face on the road in the month of June is the Marlins who are a robust 10-14 at Landshark Stadium. The “environment” in Miami when the Orioles are in town will be anything but hostile; in fact there is a good chance there is more orange and black in the stadium than teel.

Teams that are contenders, have winning records at home and play to a .500 clip on the road.

As of now the Orioles have proven they can win at home but they will need to improve their road record if they want to be playing meaningful baseball in July and August.

I really think this month shapes up well for the Orioles to be sitting a few games over .500 overall by months end and could have them in third place in the division. The Orioles play 26 games in the month of June and a record of 15-11 is more then attainable.

The month of June will go a long way in determining if people will show up this summer at the ball park in their orange and black, or if they will be dusting off their purple and black waiting for football season to roll around.

All I have wanted the last 12 years is just for the Orioles to be competitive in July and August; how they finish in June will determine if I get my wish.

It might be a bit an over statement, but this could be one of the most important months in the history of the franchise. A winning monthkeeps people coming out to see this team turn the corner., while a losing month, means the same old irrelevant Orioles.

After all the strides the Orioles have made, it would behoove them to have a winning month.

If they do, meaningful summer baseball in Baltimore could be back, for the first time in 12 years.