At this time last week, I was writing about the Baltimore Orioles losing three of four games to the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards and how the 11-game home stand was not going as planned.
Barring any rain outs the Orioles will play game 81 of the 2014 season Sunday afternoon when they close out this 4-game series with the Rays.
Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning Friday night, lifting the New York Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles for their fourth straight win.
With the Orioles, Zach Britton was struggling for a while but seems to find his nitch. Although Kapler was pushing for O’Day, he says that “Britton has stepped up beautifully.” The issue with Baltimore right now is that they do not have anyone to really depend on for the top of the rotation. They need some guys to depend on especially in the post season.
Last year, the Orioles had 5 guys make the All-Star team: Jones, Wieters, Machado, Hardy, Tillman. That seems unlikely this year.
By the third Saturday in May or this Memorial Day weekend we’ve reached the quarter pole in the season and Scott Garceau takes the opportunity to analyze the Orioles start.
Roch Kubatko joned the Vinny and Rob show and gave an update on Kevin Gausman as well as Dylan Bundy
Scott asked Zach about getting out of a tight squeeze in Wednesdays game, and he said it’s all about being aggressive. “It started with the walk and a hit the other way and sometimes it’s easy to let it kind of unfold a bit and have a big inning. So I just focused on being aggressive, it’s a challenging match-up.”
Mel Antonen of MASN Sports joined Vinny and Rob and talked about the Birds and their opening day win over the Red Sox.
Obviously, it is a no-brainer to say that it was quite the “Welcome to Baltimore” Opening Day for Nelson Cruz.
Buck’s Birds can match any lineup in baseball 1 through 9 when it comes to thunder in the lumber and they’re coming off the best fielding percentage season in baseball history. That’s all good but in the end this team will seal it’s fate with starting pitching.
Starting pitching is going to have to be a positive factor for the Birds if they want to be a force in the AL East.