Never give up on the Orioles lineup


By: Corey Johns

So you thought the Orioles were finished when they lost 13 of 16 games, including seven straight with sweeps by the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros. Well, if the Orioles have ever proven anything it is that their lineup can heat up at any given moment and get the team in the win column for a string of games.

The Orioles bounced back from their slide with three victories in four days against AL East juggernauts New York and Boston. They improved to 28-24 and are just 3.5 games back in the standings behind the Yankees and are tied in losses with the Red Sox, which just have one more win.

There is just way too much talent in the lineup to ever assume the Orioles will remain in a hitting slump for an extended period of time. Even if one player does, they have enough huge hitters to make up for it.

Manny Machado, Chris Davis, and Adam Jones are one of the very best big three’s in baseball, but Mark Trumbo, Trey Mancini, and Jonathan Schoop are just hammering the ball too. Seth Smith had surprisingly become one of the more reliable hitters on the team, despite some hesitation from fans after the Orioles traded for him in the offseason.

What is even more remarkable is that this team seems to have some legitimate depth too. In year’s past, the Orioles were an injury away from a big hole in the lineup. This year their outfield is so deep that they haven’t been able to open a spot up even for slugger Pedro Alvarez, who smashed 22 home runs for the club last season and is just battering teams in the minor leagues right now.

The question mark for the Orioles will continue to be the pitching, but with as dangerous of a lineup as the Orioles have, it’s never a good time to count them out of anything.


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