Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Behold the O's
Buck Showalter is a difference maker. Fact. Since taking charge of the Baltimore Orioles they have gone 25-15, a far cry from their abysmal record of 32-73 prior to him becoming the skipper. Last night those O's blew out the Blue Jays 11-3 to win their 4th straight series for the first time since 2004. This isn't just luck, this is a change in preparation, attitude, and accountability. Showalter has his club playing for their professional lives, because the impression they make now will go along way to securing them a spot on the 2011 squad. His restructured lineup has Adam Jones and Matt Wieters batting lower and they are thriving. Luke Scott has become a legitimate power threat from the 4 hole. Rookie Josh Bell is getting valuable experience in a minimal pressure spot in the lineup batting 9th. Pitching has improved with rookie Jake Arrieta getting the ball every 5th day and Koji Uehara given the closing duties. This team is not playoff destined this year or next, but they are most definitely an improving club.