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Deja Vu All Over Again

by: Anna C.

I hate to be a downer, but I can't help feeling that we B-more fans have been down this road before. I get all excited during Spring Training and enter the season with unlimited optimism, even going so far as to make a bet with a coworker that the O's can be at .500 at the All Star break. And then we hit some bumps: sure, we lost the season opener, but it was close and Mike Gonzalez may have been nervous pitching with a new team; we lost the next game, but it was only one run, we can fix that; we win the next game, and look at that, at least we weren't swept by the Rays! But then we lose the next 3, and Mike Gonzalez blows another save, and we are continuing to strand multiple runners in scoring position per game, and our leadoff batter Brian Roberts goes on the DL... and my coworker is already gloating.

I'm hoping the team can right itself with the series against the Rays starting tonight. The offense needs to kick itself into gear - Tejada, our "power bat", is only hitting .240 and I can tell by my fantasy team's poor showing that neither Adam Jones nor Nick Markakis are faring much better. Hopefully Matt Wieters' .409 average will rub off on them. Maybe an offensive improvement will be enough to at least get a few more wins before the Birds head out on a long road trip... and before the few Nationals fans I know (yes, they do exist) catch on to the fact that their "team" is doing better than the O's.


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