Rob Long: Bad Weekend
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The Baltimore Orioles were coming off of bad four game series on the road against the Kansas City Royals. They were looking forward to getting back on track at home against the Boston Red Sox.
The series started out so promising Friday night with Chris Tillman pitching a gem. Adam Jones homered twice to pace the O’s while Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy both went deep as well. The Birds dominated the Sox and quieted their fans, for one night at least.
Saturday and Sunday did not go so well for the Orioles. The O’s scored three runs on Saturday, all too late, and were shut out on Sunday. The bats just haven’t been consistant enough and Chris Davis looks lost at the plate. There have been rumors that the O’s could be in the market for another bat. Justin Morneau’s name has come up along with Kendrys Morales of the Seattle Mariners.
We all love offense and it’s greatly needed at this time, but you’d have to wonder if the starting pitching on the Birds is good enough. Can having a chance to win three out of five games get you to the postseason? Again, that’s only having a chance to win those. There’s no guarantee that Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen are going to win all of their starts. In fact, it’s more probable that they won’t. However, the back end of the rotation has to give you quality starts as well.
You almost get the impression that if the O’s are going to play in October again, they need to fortify this roster with at least one piece.