Are you interested again? Five wins in a row for the Orioles has certainly served to pique my interest. Even Erik Bedard is getting into the act, taking the ball through eight innings of a pitchers’ duel to get a hard-earned and well-deserved W last night. Will wonders never cease?
It may be too easy to cast doubt on this current run, what with Kansas City being, well, Kansas City. (Quick note: When do they stage a Free The Royals rally, or doesn’t anybody in the American Heartland care anymore? We think we’ve got it bad here; can you imagine how awful it must be to bleed Royal Blue and White? Sheesh. They’re truly horrible!). But as the old adage goes, you’ve got to beat the lousy teams to establish that you’re not one. So good for the Birds, who are showing some “old-time” signs to take heart in, like heating up around Memorial Day, getting some serious starting pitching, slugging the ball against mediocre pitching, and playing with focus and intensity.
While it’s too easy to dwell on all the off-field issues that have plagued the Birds for the past decade, I’m going to go Mark McGwire on you for a few weeks: I’m not here to talk about the past. Instead, I prefer to focus on the here and now: Second place in the AL East, 3 games up on the hated Yankees, and headed for Anaheim and Seattle. Seven games remain on this West Coast journey; let’s say the Birds go 5-2. That means when they get home, they’d be 31-29. Probably their best record after 60 games since 2005, and hopefully, the issues of that forgettable collapse are waaaay back in their rearview mirror.
And speaking of 2005, in case you were wondering, the Orioles last winning streak of five-plus games came all the way back in April 2005. So you could say we’re slightly overdue for this, what with the law of averages and the fact that each season is 162 games. Slightly overdue, but I’m not complaining.
Just looking forward to battling the Angels this weekend. And if things go our way, then I might even consider going to a ballgame on the next homestand. My, how things can change in a few weeks in baseball. Kind of reminds me why I was a fan in the first place.
So get this train over the .500 hump, Birds, and force us all to face the question.
Are you interested again?