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UnSweet Sixteen

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

Now that the Skydome Nightmare is over, with the Orioles having quelled the bloodshed of consecutive Canadian losses at 16, we are looking at a long stand against NL teams beginning tonight.

For the next three days, we get to take on our local "rival", the upstart Washington Bugs who actually have been performing very well. They are coming off a sweep of St. Louis and have their star 3B back on the field. We took two of three from them back in May so they probably are looking for payback. I will be journeying down there to Washington on Sunday with my dad and brother, all of us clad in orange and black.

After that the Orioles journey to Pittsburgh and gorgeous PNC Park. The Pirates are hovering around .500 and should prove to be a tough opponent. I will be seeing two games here during the week and will have a full report after I return on Wednesday.

The Orioles should be able to pick up a bunch of victories vs the National League though historically, we are not very good in interleague play. After Washington and Pittsburgh, we have St. Louis, the Reds, and the Braves. Not exactly featherweight clubs. Will be tough but doable.

Roberts is out still for several more weeks. Not sure if he or his career will ever be the same.

Guthrie left the game early yesterday with a back issue. Not sure how serious this will turn out to be.

Things have stabilized a bit recently and even though the pitching coach retired abruptly, I still have hope both for the rotation and the current lineup. I give until until the All-Star break to get to .500. If that cannot be accomplished, I doubt we will see it again in 2011.

Come on out next week to the Yard. The "other"Birds come in from St. Louis and we have two giveaways on 6/25 and 6/26. Time to pack the YARD with Orioles fans and re energize our team.

My optimism has admittedly slipped a bit but there is still a lot of baseball to be played this season. Nothing is out of reach.


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