Bob Haynie: The Orioles Hit The Road
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After a successful 6-3 homestand, the Baltimore Orioles have made their way out west to begin an 11-game road trek. On the trip, the Birds will face the Oakland A’s, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels.
The A’s, last season’s AL West champs, started off fast by winning 12 of their first 16 games. Since then, they’ve lost five of six to the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox.
Oakland has spanked their division rivals, going 11-2. Against everyone else, however, they’re 2-7. As you know, the Orioles reside in the AL East.
Baltimore is a respectable 5-4 away from Camden Yards, so far in 2013. In 2012, the Orioles were an AL-best 46-35 on the road. Repeating that level of success would go a long way in helping them get back to the postseason.
On the flip side, the A’s were 50-31 at home.
Both Baltimore and Oakland surprised the baseball world in 2012 by getting to the playoffs. Of course, expectations for both clubs are pretty high for this year. And neither team will be sneaking up on anyone.
The Orioles are still looking for a starting pitcher to get through seven innings. It needs to happen soon because the bullpen may need a little..ahem..relief.
Will this trip tell a tale about the 2013 Baltimore Orioles? Maybe. But it would be great for them to keep their early-season momentum rolling for the next 11 days.