Jonathan Schoop — Rays at Orioles 5/11/18 — Keith Allison/Flickr

Doing things that are not characteristic of the Orioles

There’s no hiding the fact that this has been a difficult season in Baltimore.

The Orioles are in last place because of a fledgling pitching staff and an impotent offense. It’s all been going downhill for this team, but as the saying goes, even a blind squirrel scores a run every now and then. These O’s have certainly seemed like blind squirrels at times.

This past week was, by far, the Birds most successful of the young summer. The bats were clicking, some of the starters were impressive and the bullpen held it all together. In short: they weren’t a complete embarrassment.

It’s no coincidence that Jonathan Schoop’s return to the lineup has been met by a sudden offense resurgence. Mark Trumbo’s contributions certainly haven’t hurt either. Manny Machado, meanwhile, continues to impress on a nightly basis. He is going to make some Cubs fans very happy one day.

On the pitching side of things, we may have seen the last of Chris Tillman as an Oriole. He has headed to the DL with an alleged back injury, but his struggles are plain to see. Aside from Tillman, the starters looked very good this week. Dylan Bundy bounced back. Kevin Gausman continues to compete on the mound. And David Hess turned in a solid MLB debut. It should be the first of many for the 24-year-old.

Already, enough yapping so that Google can pick up this post. Here is this week’s episode of the Podcast. Thanks for your continued support!