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Slowly Taking Shape

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

While no official announcement has been made yet, it appears that the Orioles starting five looks something like this:

1) Guthrie
2) Uehara
3) Simon
4) Eaton
5) Hendrickson

This is not official yet so please don't quote me on it. Nor will it be the same five all season given all the talent waiting in the wings currently on the AAA and AA levels.

Right now the Orioles sit at 12-18 in Spring Training with four contests left in the preseason. Not the best by any means, but considering the quality of our pitching, things could have been worse.

Most local and national publications are picking Baltimore to finish dead last in the AL East and maybe in the AL itself. Estimates of 70 wins is average and that is being generous by some accounts. Yes, our pitching will be bordering on terrible. Our offense will be above average again but will that be enough to break the under .500 cycle? The front office and ownership have been preaching patience since 2000. Some fans have abandoned ship long ago, as is seen in attendance figures. But how much more losing can this gem franchise endure?

2005 starting out as a great season and we saw it wither by August. Then the Sam Perlozzo teams showed some promise at times, but again they wilted in major fashion and the skipper was shown the door. Are Trembley and MacPhail the right guys to correct a 12 year problem?

So with Opening Day looming next Monday against the Yankees and then a home set against the Rays, the season starts off harshly. Can these 2009 Birds resemble the 1989 "Why Not?" Orioles? Let's pray they do, so that our summers can be enjoyable once again.

PS - Here is a link to a great article on Nick Markakis.

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