Stop me if you have read this before.
OK, don't stop. Because you have read this before. About five times before.
But this next stretch is a real test for the Orioles. Maybe the most important of this surprising season. I know, I'll pause to duck the flying fruit.
The Orioles keep passing tests. Or they fail them and we expect them to go away and they rally again.
This past eight-game road trip to Minnesota and Cleveland didn’t look particularly daunting. Minnesota is struggling and the
And, with a patchwork rotation that was missing four starters, they dropped four of their first five to begin the second half. That included two ugly losses to the lowly
Then the Orioles snap off five of six to post a winning road trip. Most important, they have delivered six straight quality starts, the most in one string this season.
But now, ahem, comes a real test. They play nine straight without a break – six at home – against the
All three opponents are good. All have strong starting pitching. The Yankees lead the
It's an extremely important challenge. It could determine whether the Orioles remain in playoff contention. This may be the most crucial time of the season so far.