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7th (Not So Much) Heaven

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

Oh, the early season ugly slide. Seven. Not the creepy movie with Kevin Spacey, but close. Consecutive losses to Texas, the Yanks, and now Cleveland.

I can concede Texas, the defending AL Champs; and also the mighty NYY club. But Cleveland? Sure they are an early surprise in the Central Division but I am not hollering to "break-up the Tribe" just yet.

What it comes down to during this losing steak is simple fundamentals. 1) HIT!
Very simple. Get hits, drive in runs, and they who score the most will win. Having an anemic offense will get you nowhere. 2) Pitch better. Starters ERAs have gone way up and will some not-so-timely implosions by the bullpen, the losses have begun to mount.

The Orioles at the moment lack consistency. The euphoria of Opening Weekend and the 4-0 start has evaporated. Reality sets in and the sub .500 record currently means sitting in 3rd place.

But a home stand can cure what ails us. The Minnesota Twins have been lackluster so far this year too, so this could be a momentum builder for the Birds if they execute well, play with conviction, and show more patience at the plate.

We know Buck will not tolerate losing or being sloppy. This is a guy who came in last August and won 7 of his first 8 games with a much lousier team. No one wins 162 and no one loses them all either.

Not having Matusz and Hardy at moment hurts a lot. Tillman is a hot/cold player. Luke Scott is not great in LF. Vlad and Lee are not the power players we thought they would be at this point. Michael Gonzalez seems to be a waste of money. And errors along with running mistakes cost the team as well.

But never fear. It is only April 18. Make sure you get your tax bill in and then worry about the Orioles. The next 10 games are at home. Winning 7 or 8 of those would be great for morale, the fans, and Buck's sanity.

So tonight, let us pack the Yard for what could still be a historic season.

Hope to see you all in the near future. All is not lost. Stick by the Birds and they will come around. You'll see...

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