On Monday, we saw the Orioles do some things that reminded us of the organization that has suffered through nine consecutive losing seasons.
On Tuesday, we saw the team lose another game in which continued to get in their own way. In spite of a very good performance by Jeremy Guthrie, the O’s were unable to make defensive plays when they needed, and get clutch hits when they needed them.
Now is the time to see if this team has truly grown. I know the 2005 season can be written off as Raffy-gate, but a winning team does what it has to do to stay in contention. The Orioles failed to do that in a big way.
That’s been the story of this franchise for the better part of a decade. So, now is the time for the Orioles to shake off two lackluster performances, and not only play well against, but beat the Boston Red Sox in this very short two game series. If not, the Orioles could possibly turn a four game winning streak into a four game losing streak before heading into Cleveland for three and Detroit for three.
With Daniel Cabrera and Adam Loewen on the mound, the O’s have not excuses. It’s time for Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada, Melvin Mora, and Mr. “Cowboy Up” Kevin Millar to step up and be accounted for. Players make plays, not excuses.
Yes, it’s only April. Please, no one remind me of the time of the year. But if you going to be serious, in a year when the Yankees have their j.v. pitching rotation, and the Jays look like a M.A.S.H. unit, you need to steal games while you can. If not, it’ll be a long summer and will begin early. I don’t think it will. I think these guys get it together and take at least one against Boston and two out of three against Cleveland.