“I’m sure that we can handle this situation maturely, just like the responsible adults that we are. Isn’t that right, Mr. Poopy Pants?” – Frank Drebin, The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear
With the Baltimore Orioles in unfamiliar territory, starting off a season 6-0 for the first time in O’s history, I feel that quote is appropriate…and who doesn’t like a good Frank Drebin quote?
The O’s have been winning games against some moderately mediocre competition, sweeping a three-game set against the Minnesota Twins and taking two in a row against the Tampa Bay Rays (one game was postponed due to weather) and then winning the first game of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox.
The series with the Twins showcased some quality pitching with the Orioles not allowing more than two runs in any game. Granted it is the Twins, but still, for a pitching staff that wasn’t supposed to amount to much, they did pitch very well. Chris Tillman and the bullpen pitched well in game one, which was followed by quality performances by Yovani Gallardo and Ubaldo Jimenez.
Tillman pitched again during the first game against the Rays and outpitched Tampa Bay ace Chris Archer, the ace that Baltimore hit four home runs off of. The next game was postponed due to weather but the next game saw the Orioles get a decent start out of Vance Worley but the bullpen carried them the rest of the way.
The Orioles then took it to David Price and the Red Sox en route to a 9 to 7 victory on Monday which was punctuated by a mammoth home run to centerfield by Chris Davis in the ninth inning of new Boston closer Craig Kimbrel.
Overall the O’s are hitting well, especially Manny Machado. Machado is batting .458 with three home runs and four runs batted in. Mark Trumbo is enjoying his new team as well, batting .417 to start the young season. Joey Rickard has taken to playing full-time, batting .409 in the leadoff spot and getting on base early and often.
Yes it is early, but still, the Orioles seem to be firing on all cylinders. While I do expect them to come back down to earth a bit, they still are a quality team and I do see them grabbing a playoff spot this year in the tough AL East division.