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1/2 Way Over

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

With the lowest-rated All-Star Game of all time now behind us, our cellar dwelling Birds begin a ten game home stand tomorrow against the tomorrow Blue Jays. And if you believe some of the reports in the national press, it may be the last weekend that we have Juan Samuel at the helm.

Ending the first half on a surprising 4 game road sweep of the Texas Rangers showed that these Orioles still have some fight left in them. Some of the players are hoping to keep their jobs or are playing for a new contract. Some of them may be traded in the next two weeks and some may go back to the minors sooner rather than later. Being 30 games under .500 will make anyone a little uncomfortable and this club is on pace to be worse than the 1988 squad who finished with 107 losses.

Still, for all the flak this team gets for being awful, there have been noticeable improvements. Aside from winning a few more games the pitching has improved within the last week and there is more fire and hustle than I have seen in a while. The hitting still concerns me, especially the lackluster performance of Matt Wieters and the injuries still take their toll, but the progress is noticeable.

Now that we have Pie back and B-Rob is supposedly a few weeks away from returning (nobody cares that Mike Gonzalez may return) it seems that a corner may have been turned a bit. I doubt we will vault into the wild card race this year but what this club needs to consistently demonstrate is that it will not roll over and die but rather get better all the time.

The next time I post here we may have a new permanent skipper at the helm. A lot is up in the air at the moment but what about this organization is certain anymore?

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