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Making Strides

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

It started last week with a sweep of the Blue Jays, which was preceded by taking two games down in Washington. Then a nice split with the Tigers. And all of a sudden the Orioles are only four games below .500. Are these the new "Why Not?" Orioles for the 21st century?

Rich Hill pitched a gem last night and got the victory thanks to Aubrey Huff's sac fly in the 6th inning. We go for two in a row tonight against the Mariners which starts at 10 PM Eastern time.

Can you see improvement in the last few weeks? I certainly can. Pitching is getting better, the bats can turn on rather quickly, and the defense has been pretty solid. It seems that fans are noticing as well with attendance rising sharply during the Tigers series. Now that may be attributable to the Wieters debut, but it shows that people still care. Put a respectable team on the field and the fans will come. This is a franchise with a lot of history and nostalgia melded together, and believe me that there are more fans of the Orioles around the country than you realize.

Two things to note: 1) do not fret over Matt Wieters' less than stellar batting average at the moment. He hasn't been up a week yet. 2) Luke Scott was named the AL player of the week due to his HR barrage and massive RBI numbers of the last seven days. Congrats Luke!

The Orioles won't be back home until June 9 when the Mariners, Braves, and Mets show up for a nine game home stand. Let's break out our orange and welcome back our favorite team with open arms and loud cheers. After all, we aren't Nats fans.

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