Archive for April 6th, 2011

All Good Things

After a sparkling 4–0 start, the Orioles returned to Camden Yards (and to reality) tonight with a subpar performance against the Tigers.

Clearly missing Jeremy Guthrie’s leadership and capable right arm, the pitching struggled for the first time this season.  Brad Bergesen unfortunately picked up where he left off in spring training, racking up 89 pitches and leaving the game after only 3.2 innings.  He wasn’t helped, however, by sloppy defensive play that included 2 errors and allowed 2 runs to score.

It was an all-around bad night.

As disappointing as it is to see the Orioles winning streak come to an end, however, I think tonight’s loss will afford us the opportunity to take the true measure of this team.  Winning four games to start a season is great, but demonstrating the ability to bounce back from a deflating loss is greater, and may be the deciding factor that determines if this team can fulfill the promise of its encouraging start.

As much as the Orioles first four games told us, how they respond tomorrow night is going to tell us even more.

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