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Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

Up, down, up, down. Not just our season so far but apparently the whole AL East is doing the same thing (except for the Rays who remain hot).

The Orioles have had several bright spots in the first few weeks of the season, namely Zach Britton, stellar defense, and the emergence of Andino in Hardy's absence. Of course there is also the drawbacks of cold bats, bullpen implosions, and the occasional horrible start by one of our regular rotations guys (see Tillman's start in KC for instance).

I heard a good conversation last night with former Oriole Joe Orsulak who says not to worry about the batting averages yet. Gauging a season is too difficult to do just ye ton the offensive side of the ball. Once a player gets close to 200 at bats, that should indicate how the year will be overall. Players like Roberts, Reynolds, Wieters and Markakis should pull up from their current lowly averages with more time. With the at bats are low, a few hits or 0-4s can drastically alter your average. Things sort to begin to even out, Joe argues, as the 200 at bat mark approaches.

Sure we know that Hardy and Matusz are on the shelf and both due back soon. Luke Scott is ailing a bit so it is possible he too could end up on the DL. There is also a real possibility that Jake Fox will be moved to a OF utility player and Tutum recalled to handle the back-up catching duties. Who knows for sure? Remember there is limited space on a MLB team and sometimes tough decisions have to be made.

Considering it is only the 6th of May (and also the 80th birthday of Willie Mays) I am not too worried yet. This is a brand new hitting coach with this club so I am hopeful that he will turn whatever ails these guys around. Last week, I ripped Mike Gonzalez to shreds, and he responded with solid outings since then. Maybe I need to tear apart the whole team to get them back into being a solid, top-tier club.

After taking three out of four in Chicago, I was very pleased. Losing two of three in KC (including to Bruce Chen?) was not acceptable in my book. The new look Royals are much improved, but I thought it would have been easy to take the series. Clearly, I was off the mark on that.

Now begins a short home stand of 6 games with Tampa Bay and Seattle coming to town. Neither club is a pushover so the Orioles need to make a commitment to themselves to play solid, fundamentally sound baseball. Just get back to where you were boys in the first week of April and I think all could be fine once again.


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