With the Orioles good start and them being five games above .500 at the all-star break, fans should have high expectations for the second half. But will the O’s make the playoffs? In order for that to happen there must be a few things that take place.
The Orioles have had several names swirling around as possible trade acquisitions, Greinke and Garza headline the list. The current rotation is not getting the job done for the Orioles and there is a definite need for another strong starter in the rotation to compliment Wei-Yin Chen and Jason Hammel. If the Orioles go shopping it can’t be after a mediocre pitcher, it needs to be a big name player who can win games against Boston, Tampa, and those pesky Yankees. With the Orioles lineup it shouldn’t take much but our hitting has been known to take an off day all too often, meaning this new pitcher will need to be a guy who can shutdown the AL East. I said it before and I will say it again, if the club wants fans to be satisfied, the Orioles need to make a big deal. It’s split 50/50 between fans who are willing to give up a good prospect such as Machado. In my opinion if the Orioles make the playoffs this year they have as good of a shot to win the World Series as any team in there IF they get a good third starter. With that being said, Machado for Greinke makes all the sense in the world to me, I’m all for it.
For the Orioles to make the playoffs, it is very important that fans come out and support the team. I’m sick of Orioles fans complaining about having a losing record and then not going out to Camden Yards to be there when the team is above .500 at the break. For a team that is in the playoff hunt half way through the season, averaging 21st in attendance in just unacceptable. I have done my part and have been to 12 games, I didn’t even land in America until May 11th from London. Doesn’t everyone want there to be no more Yankees and Sox fans at Camden Yards. The easiest solution is buy the tickets so their annoying fans don’t get to say “Lets Go Yankees!”
Finally the last key to the Orioles making the playoffs this season is to stay healthy. With Reimold not a factor and Roberts flirting with injuries, again, and Markakis coming back this weekend, there is a desperate need for ALL players to stay healthy. The pieces are there: Jones, Wieters, Thome, Davis, Hardy, Betemit, and the rest of the team has what it takes to make the playoffs. The question is will it all stay together? If it does, Camden Yards should host its first playoff game since 1997, I was there and I was six years old. The money jar couldn’t be more full with playoff ticket funds, lets hope I get to use it this year.
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