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How Sweep It Is

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

Get swept by the Rays, and then just a few days later, we sweep the Mariners. Talk about two sides of the coin.

After a demoralizing three games at home over Mother's Day Weekend, the Orioles bounced back in dazzling fashion by taking all three from Seattle, including two extra inning games.

The positives this week being with the brilliance of Zach Britton who despite 9 innings of shutout ball on Thursday did not get the win. This kid currently sits at 5-2 and is in line for rookie of the year at the moment. If only he had just a bit of offense behind him. But justice does not always prevail.

Tillman and Arrieta also showed good stuff during the Seattle series. We have to look at it objectively since Seattle is basically a team made up of Suzuki and a bunch of the other guys whom no one remembers. Yes they are a major league baseball club, but given their recent status as cellar dwellers (kind of like us) they are not taken seriously. In any event, three straight wins does being to get the Birds back on track as they head out on the road for the next five games.

If anything has me worried about this club at the moment, it is the offense. Roberts is down around .215 at the moment, with Lee and Markakis under where they should be as well. As for Reynolds, well we just won't go there today. And if he does not hit, well there is a nice bench waiting for him to sit on. I am hoping that work with new hitting coach Jim Presley does pay off in the end for these guys. And kudos to J. J. Hardy, whose return this week lifted the offense a bit and also served notice to the league about his defensive prowess. On Wednesday night alone he put on a clinic out there at shortstop.

So as the team ventures down to "The Trop" to take on the Rays, they look to continue a nice little run. Adam Jones in particular has been carrying the club over the last 10 days. It is why they call it a team - when one individual hits a rough patch there is always someone else to take over and carry the club until those slumpers get back to normal.

I can smell something good on the horizon. Come on, back to .500 boys. Show the American League what you are made of!

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