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A Turkey!

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

Yes, I called it a turkey. In bowling it is when you get three strikes in a row. So, why not when you get 3 wins in a row?

After a dismal 2-8 start, the Orioles have gone 3-3 with wins over powerhouses like Philadelphia, Boston, and Minnesota - all of whom made the playoffs last year. A good sign? Well, it remains to be seen if this actually means anything but it has lifted the collective spirits of Birdland fans!

Despite the constant hearing of "the Orioles are a team on the rise" that you see and hear on MLB Network and other media outlets, for us fans who have endured 12 straight sub .500 seasons, we have every reason to be fickle. Injuries to Brian Roberts and nagging problems with Reimold and Pie have us shaking our heads in a "why us?" sort of way.

From the little I have seen in game action on the TV, it appears to be gelling a bit. Chemistry is built and simply not bought and assembled. Pitching and hitting are skills that need to be refined and perfected over time for rookies and for veterans. So while we all think of the recent past and hang our heads, I think MacPhail and Tembley still deserve the benefit of the doubt for at least one more year.

The surprising emergence of young talent like Matusz, Hughes and Turner give me optimism. Sure it is spring training and we all feel good in the warm spring sun, but I think the uptick is just beginning. Add another big bat in the next few months via trade or off season acquisition (is wanting Pujols just a little out of our reach) will solidify our rise to contention.

Now if only Boston could be the worst team in the majors, then my life would be complete.

Good luck to the Birds today as the take on Toronto. Game will be broadcast on 105.7 THE FAN.

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