Monday, April 4, 2011

This Ain't 2010...Orioles Pull Off Sweep

This is a bit different, isn't it?

The Orioles completed a series sweep of the defending AL East champion Rays on Sunday to start the season 3-0. 

How did this happen? For all the talk of the improved lineup this season, the Orioles did not win on the strength of their bats. The O's have hit just .222/.250/.313 for the young season which leads you to believe that they are lucky to have scored 12 runs in the series.

No, the Oriole fortunes for 2011 still rest on the strength of their young rotation and that's how they beat the Rays. The three starters in the series gave up just one run combined and the entire staff gave up just three runs overall. 

Can the Young Guns keep this up? Chris Tillman and Zach Britton have done their part and now Jake Arrieta will take the hill against the Tigers at Camden Yards. He'll have to be ready to go. When your $8 million veteran cleanup hitter is OPSing .333, you aren't going to score a lot of runs.

Hopefully, that will change during this next series...

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