Three questions on the Orioles

June 06, 2008 |

Fine. I’ll say it. The K.O.B.S. contest is getting old, quick. 
Okay. The idea is great. The pairings are great. The on-air opinions, for the most part, are appreciated. But there is still a team in town playing ball. I wonder how well this contest would have gone over if the O’s were 35-24. I’ll answer my own.  Probably just fine.
Anyway, the Orioles won on Thursday, just in case you hadn’t heard. My office computer told me that Garrett Olson pitched well, and the Birds took a series from the Twinks behind long flies from Nick M. and Adam J. Blah, blah, blah. After Wednesday night’s performance, this team could have easily laid down on getaway day. No such luck for Ron Gardenhire and his troops. You’ve read it before.
No, seriously. This is a big weekend for the Birds. A weekend series at Rogers Centre (I say SkyDome) ahead of a trip to Fenway. Two of three makes .500, again. All three vaults them past the Canadians. The pitching matchups are obviously unfavorable. Burres vs. Marcum, Guthrie vs. Burnett, and Liz vs. Halladay. I’ll bet against the Jays this weekend. Birds take two of three. 
Three questions for those who actually follow the team…
Strangely, the #2,3,4, and 5 hitters in the lineup have nearly identical HR/RBI totals. In fact, #3, 4 and 5 have almost the same average. Who busts loose in June and makes this lineup formidable?
If you were GM Andy McPhail, would you trade Jim Johnson and George Sherrill for Manny Delcarmen and Jonathan Papelbon?
All things considered…Proctor/Lowenstein or Thorne/Palmer?