If you would have told me that the Baltimore Orioles would sweep the Minnesota Twins in their opening series and their starting pitchers would throw 22 innings and only allow 1 run, I would have told you to put down the case of Natty Boh. Starting pitching is the biggest concern for the Orioles this year as they had seemingly downgraded the position after trading away Jeremy Guthrie and loosing Alfredo Simon to the Cincinnati Reds, when they tried to pass him through waivers. Getting impeccable starts from Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter and Jason Hammel was exactly what the Orioles needed to start off the season.
The O’s bats have also looked solid with Nick Markakis leading the way hitting for a .556 average with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI in 3 games. They’ve hit a HR in each of their games with Markakis hitting two and Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy having one each. All three players have 25-35 HR potential which gives the O’s some pop in the front of the lineup. Although the hitting has been solid, the real reason for their wins is because of their outstanding starting pitching.
We all know that pitching is always ahead of hitting at the beginning of the season as hitters try to work on their timing. As hitters start to see pitchers more and more, they get a feel for what they’re going to see and have a better approach at the plate. It’s only three games but it brings a little hope to a team that didn’t have too much going for it at the beginning of the season. We’ll see how they’re able to do against the 0-3 New York Yankees as the O’s head to the Bronx for a 3-game series. Hopefully the rest of the starters can continue throwing gems.