O’s to play game 2 against Detroit tomorrow night

Tomorrow night the Orioles will play their second game of the three game series against the Tigers at Camden Yards at 7:05 PM.  The O’s are looking to go 5-0 for the first time since 1970, the same season they won the World Series.  I’m not saying that that means anything right now since it has only been 4 games out of 162, but it’s getting extremely hard to not be an optimistic fan.  I’m trying very hard not to get too optimistic just in case the O’s have gotten lucky.  But, it really doesn’t seem that way.  How can it when the starting pitchers have only given up 2 runs in 4 games? How can it just be luck to sweep last year’s AL East division winner on the road? How can it just be luck to outscore the opponent’s 17-4?

The team definitely changed at the end of last season when Buck Showalter came to town.  They went 34-23 the rest of the season under Buck and it seems like they’ve never looked back.  It definitely seems possible that it’s finally time for the team we have sometimes hated to love the past 13 years is coming back and coming back with a bang.

That bang has been in large part because of the starting pitchers, like I’ve mentioned numerous times.  Tomorrow, Brad Bergesen will take the mound against Jason Verlander of Detroit.  Guthrie was the scheduled starter but he was hospitalized with pneumonia and is expected to spend another night in the hospital while recovering.  Hopefully though, he can pitch Thursday night during the final game against Detroit and have another brilliant outing like he did on opening night against the Rays.  It’s pretty well known that Bergesen, who had a spot on the bullpen before getting the start tomorrow, really wants to be a part of the starting rotation so this is definitely his chance to get that opportunity.  Last season, Bergesen went 8-12 with a 4.98 ERA.  Not to sound like a broken record, but for the Orioles to hang in with the rest of the division and possibly be contenders, the starting pitching must continue the pace its on.

With this in mind and back to my questions about this being luck or talent, if the Orioles can have a record of 20-5 by April 28, I think all of us fans can be very optimistic.  The O’s face the rest of the series against Detroit, a series with the Rangers (who swept the Red Sox), two series with the Yankees (one at home, one away), a series with Cleveland, a 4-game series against the Twins, and a series with the Red Sox to make up the schedule until the end of this month.  Like I said, if the Orioles come away with only 5 losses to these teams in a month, I’ll start believing in a little more talent and a lot less luck.

Topics: Baltimore Orioles, Brad Bergesen, Buck Showalter, Jeremy Guthrie

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  • Dave Tilley

    Lauren-
    As much as I’d love to see the O’s being 20-5 after April I don’t think that is going to happen. The key to a successful month and season will be if they can win most series..2of 3 and 3of 4..that is how you build a winning season. Especially in the games involving the AL East..
    Pitching as you say is the key, if Bergesen fills in well for Guthrie be great..that would probably though keep Guthrie from pitching until his next scheduled turn instead of pushing everyone back.
    Btw, as of this comment the RED SOX are 0-4!!!!!!

    • Lauren Tilley

      Hey I never said 20-5 was going to happen, I’m just saying I think that’s the magic number to get me to stop thinking about this being luck. Yes winning series, not always sweeping, is definitely important because we all know 162-0 is impossible. I think the Texas series will be a good one and a good foreshadowing of our season. Rangers are good.

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  • Karen

    What a great start to the season! Who would have ever thought after loosing so many games last year that the O’s are now undefeated. Pitching is absolutely the key and hopefully the pitchers will continue to fire em in there. Like reasing your blog..keep up the good work.

    • Lauren Tilley

      It’s definitely awesome and what Orioles fans need. And it’s not even about all the losses last season, it’s about all the losses since 1997! I’m very excited about the team’s prospects though!

  • Chris

    I’m going to the game tonight and sure wish I was seeing Guthrie. I only hope that Bergensen picks up on the mojo of the other starters. But Verlander is one of the toughest pitchers out there. So I not supter optimistic about tonight.