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Back to Earth

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

The Buck hype has died. Now that the Orioles have returned from their lofty perch of overachieving for a few weeks, the same flaws that plagued us all season are returning to the surface.

Starting pitching is a problem again. We did get shut out yesterday 8-0 to the White Sox and Arrieta looked lost.

Timely hitting has returned to the below average levels. In true Terry Crowley coached form, we are stranding runners in scoring position and not coming up with big bats even against weak teams.

Now I will give the team credit for splitting with a very good Texas Rangers team last weekend but we did lose two of three from crummy Seattle. The yo-yo that is the Orioles season of 2010 continues.

We are at Anaheim tonight. And don't give me this Los Angeles of Anaheim crap. It is Anaheim. Anyway, last time we played the Angels we swept them. And with that team currently below .500, it is time for us to make a statement and steamroll over them for another sweep. Late season call ups begin soon so it is time to seriously evaluate this team for 2011 and beyond.

With the grim news coming out of DC today regarding the future of Steven Strasburg, it is imperative that the Orioles not push anyone too quickly through the minors nor should they take injuries too lightly. We don't want any one's career cut short because the wrong approach was taken.

Next week we have Boston and Tampa Bay at home. Spoiler role, here we come.

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