All Good Things

By on April 6

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.

3 Responses to “All Good Things”

  1. Casey says:

    I’m guilty of overexcitement with the hot start. It’s funny how quickly outlooks return to earth with one bad game. A 4-0 start can leave one feeling stratospheric. It’s completely illogical to think it would go on forever. But even when the most absurb hopes are destroyed, it hurts a little bit. I guess it hurt more that Bergesen was so deplorably awful. It’s probably too much to ask for all of our starters to figure it out this early in the season.

    On a side note, the feeling of the Sox and Rays at 0-5 is pretty awesome.

    Here’s to Tillman having some command of the strike zone! Go O’s!

  2. Mark
    Mark says:

    Not overexcitement, just passion. Pure passion. Losing’s for fools.

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