Even with the six-run sixth inning that the Orioles gave up thanks to starting pitcher Brian Matusz and reliever Kevin Gregg, well I guess the Toronto Blue Jays batters deserve some credit as well, the Orioles had a very productive weekend. Beating Toronto 2-3 games at Skydome (as I still call it). Beat a team that’s been dominating them the last five years or so, especially in Toronto, the Orioles look like they clearly have enough hitting. 1B Chris Davis is hitting 330 and just hit his first home run in 2012.
Mark Reynolds is struggling at 3B both at the plate and in the field. But Wilson Betemit his current backup and who may emerge as the starter, especially if Reynolds continues to struggle, is off to a good start. Nick Markakis is clearly back and off to a good start. The Orioles are 5-4 to start 2012, because their offense is off to a good start. And other than Brian Matusze, their starting pitching is off to a good start as well.
The Orioles as usual the last ten years or so, are expected to finish last in the AL East. It’s still the best division in MLB and they’ve had fourteen straight losing seasons. But for them to not finish in last place again and to have a winning record, they are going to have to get past the Blue Jays. A team that’s been dominating them the last five years or so. And taking 2-3 games to start their season series in Toronto, is a good start and something to build on, even though it’s still very early.