completed their 10-game homestand Thursday night with seven wins. It didn’t end the way they wanted – with a sweep of the Boston
– but rather with a sobering 6-3 loss.
But think about where the Orioles are as they embark on a six-game trip to Detroit and Texas. Despite the loss, they are tied with the
wild-card spots. They are six games back of the division-leading New York
(they trailed by 10 games this time a month ago).
The Orioles arrived in Detroit early Friday morning. Tonight, they will be welcomed by
, who has allowed just one earned run over 15 innings in his past two starts.
“It doesn’t get any easier,” said Orioles first baseman
, who was 11-for-28 with four homers, three doubles and 10 RBIs on the homestand. “We’re looking forward to it.”
It’s a daunting task. But the whole road trip will be. The
(first) and Tigers (third) are two of the AL’s top offensive teams and will be a test for the Orioles’ patchwork starting rotation.
But we also said the same thing last month, when the Orioles went to New York and Tampa Bay and returned winners of four of six and with series victories against both teams. If they can keep games close late, they can be successful.
“We had a solid homestand with a few come-from-behind wins, a few just playing really good baseball,” center fielder