The Baltimore Orioles are starting their spring off in style, going 7-2 in their first nine games, and part of that success can be attributed to second baseman Brian Roberts.
Roberts is currently hitting .538 for the O’s with two doubles and a home run and has scored five runs, giving us all hope that B-Rob is back and will last the season.
Roberts has had a rough go of things over the past three seasons. Between 2010, 2011, and 2012, Roberts has played in a total of 115 games thanks to sustaining more injuries than you could shake a stick at. At the rate he was going, he would probably get hurt shaking that afore-mentioned stick.
Roberts has always been a leader and a fan favorite, which has made watching him sit on the DL that much tougher. What eats at him I’m sure is that he signed a four-year deal worth $40 million before the 2010 season and has yet to play even half of a season since.
Roberts is always helping out around the community, and is very active with the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital through his One For All Fund.
Baltimore can use the boost offensively at second base. Robert Andino filled in nicely, but his .211 average last year left a bit to be desired, as did his .283 on-base percentage and 28 RBI in 127 games.
At 35 years old, Roberts could potentially be playing in his last season and will want to go out on a winning team. If the O’s can continue their progression of quality pitching, Roberts can certainly help out on the offensive end and hopefully help get the O’s past the ALDS and into the ALCS and World Series. If he is healthy and can play all season, there is certainly hope that can happen.
by Andy Mindzak