Blue Jays and the AL East Recap: Week 3
By Samuel Bruce
Orioles are Average for first time in ’16
Baltimore Orioles 11-6
The Baltimore Orioles were successful this week, but a far cry from the hot start they got off to in the previous weeks. They were able to win the series against the Blue Jays on back to back late game errors, but were subdued by the reigning champs in Kansas City to give them their first .500 week.
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The Orioles too had their share of difficulties as Yovani Gallardo was placed on the disabled list. While the Orioles rotation has looked good until this point, they do not possess much depth.
Rookie Tyler Wilson was the only O’s starter to bank a win this week, as the Orioles let their bullpen do most of the work for them. The loss of Gallardo will be mitigated with the return of Kevin Gausman, but their rotation won’t be optimal until both are there.
The O’s continue to be an offensive force with Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo, and Manny Machado all being as feared as ever. Their level of productivity can help lead even the most mediocre of starting rotations to the win column.
Combined with their dominant relief staff, despite set backs, the O’s still look like the team to beat in the East.
While the Orioles had their first average week, they are still looking like the cream of the AL East crop in the early goings of this season.
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