I walked in last Wednesday in the middle innings, and Adam Jones hit a HR against the Toronto Blue Jays. The O’s would ultimately lose that game as the Jays squandered a 3 run lead late.
Six days later and in the middle of my last game of the 2012 spring training trip, I have not seen the Orioles lose since. Unfortunately, that streak seems about to come to a close, as they trail the Twins 5-0 in the bottom of the 5th.
So, not counting that first lost, because I wasn’t there to create my special mojo, the O’s under my watch will end up 4-1-1.
Impressions to date, Buck is trying his damndest to give the lead-off spot to Nolan Reinold, who may just grab it, but he needs to do more about embracing the role. Adam Jones and Matt Wieters look to be primed for monster years. If healthy, Nick Markakis will be his old, solid self.
The corners are big question marks. The defense will be fine throughout the infield. It doesn’t look like it to this observer, that they’ll get anything out of Brian Roberts.
The reserves, Ryan Flaherty, Wilson Betemit, Nick Johnson and Endy Chavez will be leaps and bounds ahead of the level the club has had the past several years.
In the all important pitching category? Tune in for my next post, late tonight entitled: My First Post, Post Saratoga.
Signing off, and hope to see you all real soon.