Join Bob on facebook: Bob Haynie 105.7 The FAN
Co-host of Sports Rehab 6pm-10pm Weeknights on 105.7 The FAN.
The Orioles lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 on Monday night in Chavez Ravine. The loss was the Birds’ fifth-straight and trimmed their lead in the AL East to two games over the Boston Red Sox.
In need of a quality start, manager Buck Showalter turned to right-hander Chris Tillman to get it done. On Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles ace was up to the challenge.
The Birds registered a three-game sweep and in the process outscored last season’s World Series Champs 17-2. In Wednesday night’s series finale, Right-handers Chris Tillman and Brad Brach combined to shutout the Royals 4-0.
Boston has out-homered Baltimore 7-0 in the two contests. They have outscored the Orioles 13-4 in extending their lead in the AL East to three games.
The Birds are in first place in the AL East and have the second-best record in Major League Baseball. If they want to remain in their lofty position, their starting rotation needs to stabilize.
If the Birds are going to achieve big success this year, they are going to need center fielder Adam Jones to play like the outstanding performer that he is. After a slow start with the bat, it looks like Jones is starting to get back on track.
After winning the first two games, the Orioles had to settle for a series split with the Chicago White Sox. Not only did they lose the last two contests of the four-game set, the Birds lost their closer and starting shortstop as well.
Three weeks into the 2016 Major League Baseball season, the Baltimore Orioles hold the early advantage in the AL East.
The last two American League Eastern Division champs will renew acquaintances this week in Baltimore.
Early in 2016, they have beaten teams in different ways. The starting pitching has been solid and the bullpen has been strong.
Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will make his regular season debut as a member of the Orioles on Wednesday night against Minnesota in game two of the series at Camden Yards.
If the Orioles are going to have any chance of continuing this run of success and being a contender in the American League, the starting pitching will have to be better than it was in 2015.